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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Amici Partnering to Advance Rights

November 10, 2017

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In the first ten days of this month NCVLI filed two amicus curiae briefs in coordination with amazing victims’ rights partners. In Utah v. Hernandez, NCVLI was privileged to join the victim in the case and the Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic as amici curiae before the Utah Supreme Court arguing that compelling the minor victim to testify in the preliminary hearing would violate her rights under Utah’s Victims’ Rights Amendment. In People v. Southern California Gas, NCVLI was joined by the legal team of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking in filing a brief in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, arguing that California victims’ right to restitution is personally held and cannot be defeated by claims of complexity of process or the possibility of civil recovery, nor waived by prosecutorial conduct.