Marsy's Law/Prop 9

Marsy’s Law significantly expands the rights of victims in California. Under Marsy’s Law, the California Constitution article I, § 28, section (b) now provides victims with the following enumerated rights:


  • The rights to justice and due process
  • The right to notice of all proceedings
  • The right to be present whenever the defendant has the right to be present
  • The right to be heard –at critical stages of the criminal justice system –any time that a victim’s rights are at issue
  • The right to have victims’ safety considered before any release decisions are made
  • The right to know when an offender is being released, or escapes
  • The right to protect victims’ confidential records
  • The right to refuse submit to interrogation by a defendant or his lawyer before trial
  • The right to confer with the prosecutor
  • The right to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse, and to be treated with fairness and respect
  • The right to restitution
  • The right to a speedy trial and to reasonable finality
  • The right to enforce these special rights in any court
  • The right of victims be informed of their Marsy rights –just as defendants are given their Miranda rights


To read Marsy’s law in full use the link provided below


Crime Victims United Marsy's Law Resource Guide

Text of Marsy's Law/Prop 9 Downloadable Marsy's Law Card