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National Crime Victim Law Institute

NCVLI Assists in Interpreting Victims’ Rights in Juvenile Court

October 27, 2011

Juvenile delinquency proceedings, although similar in many ways to adult criminal prosecutions, are distinct.  Unique protections exist for alleged youth offenders and the rights for the victims of the youth offender’s actions are also unique.  NCVLI recently provided legal research and analysis regarding victims’ right to access information regarding the “disposition” of a youth offender in Oregon.  

In Oregon, “dispositions” represent the consequences that are imposed as a result of a youth offender committing an act that would be considered a crime if committed by an adult.  These consequences may include restitution, fines, probation, detention, community service, or service to the victims

In Oregon, victims have a constitutional right to information relating to the disposition of a youth offender. 

If you have a question about victims’ rights in the context of juvenile court proceedings, contact NCVLI here for technical assistance. 

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