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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Stay Current on Victims’ Rights Cases

December 02, 2015

Did you know that NCVLI follows victims’ rights cases throughout the country? Our legal team regularly summarizes court opinions that impact victims’ rights and issues New & Noteworthy alerts.

A recent alert was on the case of People v. Brown, in which the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a restitution order. Central to the case was whether a defendant could be held responsible in restitution for injuries caused by a co-defendant. Causation is a hot topic in restitution and this case definitely rose to the level of New & Noteworthy as the court stated, “Had [defendant] not taken part in an armed robbery and home invasion, the victim would not have been injured. Stated differently, while [defendant’s] conduct was not the cause of the victim’s injury, it was certainly a cause.” Visit our New & Noteworthy webpage to read the full summary as well as a link to the court’s opinion. 

While we highlight a few cases on our website, members of the National Association of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates (NAVRA) receive summaries via email as they issue and enhanced members can access a searchable database case summaries.  Join NAVRA today to keep up to date!