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Victim Rights

As a victim, you have the right to receive information about:

  • victim services available to you
  • the Crime Victim Assistance Act
  • the structure and operation of the criminal justice system
  • your rights to privacy

British Columbia Victims of Crime Act

The British Columbia Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) provides certain rights to victims of crime, including:

  • the right to be treated with courtesy and respect and without discrimination by all justice system personnel
  • the right to receive information on the justice system, victim services, and related legislation
  • the right to receive certain case-specific information on the investigation, prosecution, sentencing and release of the offender
  • the right to be given a reasonable opportunity to provide victim impact information for presentation to the court before sentencing
  • the right to receive independent legal representation, if there's an application for disclosure of personal information

Your rights are protected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Did You Know?

Victims and witnesses have a right to up-to-date case information

  • Most courthouses in BC have public computer terminals offering up-to-date information about adult criminal cases.
  • The Province of British Columbia also provides Criminal Court Lists, for Adult and Supreme Court. Criminal Court Lists show scheduled court appearances for the current day and list court results for the past five days. They are for general information only. If the case you are a witness for is scheduled on a certain day but you can’t find it on these lists, contact the court registry. Cases with publication bans or cases involving accused persons under eighteen years old may not appear on these lists.

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