Accessing your rights      

The following information will help you understand your rights under the Charter of Victims Rights and how you can access them.

Access your rights as a victim in relation to:

    Additional information:

    Access to court documents
    Sentencing Information Package

    Investigation of the crime

    Charter Right 4: A victim should, on request, be informed of the progress of the investigation of the crime, unless the disclosure might jeopardise the investigation. In that case, the victim should be informed accordingly.

    Information about investigation of the crime (PDF 60KB)
    (2pp sheet)
    Explains Right number 4 from the Charter of Victims Rights. Jointly produced by Victims Services and NSW Police Force, the sheet assists victims to find out about the progress of the investigation of the crime. It explains:
    • The process for investigation
    • Who is involved in the investigation
    • Who a victim should contact
    • How long an investigation generally lasts
    • Other assistance available from the police

    Return of property held by the State

    Charter Right 10: If any property of a victim is held by the State for the purpose of investigation or evidence, the inconvenience to the victim should be minimised and the property returned promptly.


    Return of property held by the State (PDF 60KB)
    (2pp sheet)
    Explains Right number 10 from the Charter of Victims Rights . Under this Charter Right victims have the right to reclaim their property held by the State once the property is no longer required for investigation or by the courts.

    Victim impact statements - Helping victims of crime have their say

    Charter Right 14: A relevant victim should have access to information and assistance for the preparation of any victim statement authorised by law to ensure that the full effect of the crime on the victim is placed before the court.

    Victim impact statement information package (PDF 221KB)
    (12pp booklet)
    Assists victims making a victim impact statement in the Local, District or Supreme Courts. Topics covered include:
    • What is a victim impact statement
    • Who can prepare a victim impact statement
    • When should a victim impact statement be prepared
    • What information should be in a victim impact statement
    • Where to obtain help in preparing a victim impact statement

    If you need help in preparing a Victim Impact Statement call the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063.

    Victims Registers - Informing victims about a convicted offender in custody

    Charter Right 15: A victim should, on request, be kept informed of the offender's impending release, or escape from custody, or of any change in security classification that results in the offender being eligible for unescorted absence from custody.

    Charter Right 16: A victim, should on request, be provided with the opportunity to make submissions concerning the granting of parole to a serious offender or any change in security classification that would result in a serious offender being eligible for unescorted absence from custody.

    If the accused has been found guilty, you may be able to go on a Victims Register.  A Victims Register can give you some information about the offender, for example when they may be released.

    There are Victims Registers run by Corrective Services NSW, Mental Health Review Tribunal and Juvenile Justice NSW.

    Victims Registers (PDF 105KB)
    (1pp sheet)
    Provides information for victims of crime about victims registers. Information is provided about the purposes of the victims registers and the contact details of the three agencies who hold victims registers: Corrective Services NSW, Justice Health Forensic Executive Support Unit and Juvenile Justice.

    If you are unsure which register to contact, or are seeking other information about support available for victims of crime, you may contact the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063.

    Submissions to the Parole Authority by victims registered on a Victims Register

    The NSW Parole Authority welcomes letters from all victims. If an offender is a "serious offender" (managed by the Serious Offenders Review Council) then any victim on a Victims Register is able to make a submission to the Parole Authority before it makes its final decision on whether or not to release the offender on parole.

    For more information about Parole Submissions please refer to:
    Justice Journey > Safety and Protection > Convicted offender in custody - Submissions to the Parole Authority

    Access to court documents


    Access to Court Documents - Information for Victims of Crime (PDF 105KB)
    (2pp sheet)
    Explains how victims of crime can access court documents from the local, district or supreme court. If you have been a victim of crime and there were criminal proceedings against the offender, you may be able to access court documents in those proceedings. You may be entitled to fee-free access to judgements and written evidence in those proceedings in which you are concerned.

    Sentencing information package


    Sentencing Information Package (PDF 194KB)
    (20pp booklet)
    Jointly produced by Victims Services and Justice Policy and Performance, NSW Department of Justice to assist victims of crime in understanding the sentencing process.