Victim’s Rights in Ireland
- A person under 18 years of age may give evidence through a live television link to the court in cases involving assault, violence, a sexual offence, or human trafficking. The court may also allow television link evidence from another country.
- In the case of a rape or sexual assault, the name of the victim will not be made public.
- If during a rape or serious sexual assault case the accused applies to the court to raise issues about your prior sexual experience, you have the right to get representation from the Legal Aid Board free of charge to oppose this application.
- If you do not speak English, an interpretation service will be made available in order for you to give evidence as a witness and when making a victim impact statement where the law or the court permits a statement to be made.
- You are entitled to see a copy of your own statement if you are giving evidence in court as the victim of a crime or a witness.
- A court must take into account any impact that the crime has had on you when deciding the sentence in cases of assault, violence or threat of sexual offences. In these cases you have the right to give evidence of the effect of the offence on you to the court.
- In the case where the victim has died as a result of a crime, a family member may give evidence of the effect of the offence on the family.
- A victim of crime or a family member of a victim of crime may ask the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to review his decision not to prosecute a case.
- A victim of crime or a family member of a victim of crime may ask the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to appeal an unduly lenient sentence.
- You may apply for out of pocket court expenses if you are required to attend court as a witness.
You have the right to make a claim for state compensation if you have been the victim of a violent incident and you have reported this incident to the Gardaí. You also have the right in the EU, to claim this compensation with the assistance of the National Compensating Authority in your home country.