The following is a summary of the guidelines which prescribe the ways in which victims and witnesses of crime will be treated and helped. These guidelines are now part of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Criminal Procedure, Article 11-1002, and became effective July 1, 1986.

In accordance with these guidelines, every crime victim or witness should:
  • Be treated with dignity, respect, courtesy, and sensitivity
  • Receive emergency help as needed: where available
  • Receive notification of trial dates or cancellation of those dates
  • Be advised of law enforcement protection available from harm arising out of prosecution and law enforcement efforts
  • Be provided a waiting area apart from the accused
  • Be informed of any available financial assistance or social service
  • Be advised of and provided with employer intercession services, when appropriate
  • Be informed of the right to have property promptly returned
  • Be informed of restitution procedures and information
  • Receive speedy handling of the case in which you are involved