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:
Access to court documents
Sentencing Information Package
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.
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.
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.
If you need help in preparing a Victim Impact Statement call the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063.
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.
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.
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
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.