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    Victim Impact Statement | Trial Expenses | Restitution

  • Victim Impact Statement - Tell the judge how you have been hurt by a crime before an offender is sentenced.

    We are here to help you.Why make a statement
    A victim impact statement is a chance to let the judge know how the offender's crime has hurt you. The judge will consider your statement:

    • if the accused is found guilty
    • when sentencing the offender(s)

    The statement:

    • is voluntary
    • can be read out in court when the offender is sentenced

    What it can say
    You do not have to talk about anything you do not want to. If you want, your impact statement can talk about how the crime:

    • emotionally hurt you
    • physically hurt you
    • cost you money
    • made you fearful

    What it cannot say
    Your impact statement cannot be used to:

    • ask for financial help
    • talk about other crimes
    • support the offender(s)
    • make unproven accusations
    • complain about the police or the legal system
    • suggest what the sentence should be - unless approved by the judge, first
    • make statements about the offender(s) or the crime which are not related to your suffering

    How to make the statement
    After the accused is charged
    Get your statement ready as soon as possible because:

    • they may plead guilty right away
    • the judge must have the statement before sentencing

    If there is more than one offender, you can either:

    • name all the offenders on one form, or
    • fill out one form for each offender

    Your statement can include other ways to tell your story, like with a:

    • letter
    • poem
    • drawing

    Step 1. Fill out the form
    Download and fill out the Victim Impact Statement form.
    Check the box at the end of the form if you want to read your statement in court.

    Step 2. Submit the form
    Keep a copy for your records.
    Remember, the judge must receive your statement before the offender is sentenced. Allow enough time for the court to get your Victim Impact Statement.

    You can send the statement by:

    • email
    • mail
    • delivery

    Send it to one of these places:

    • the clerk at the courthouse where the trial will be
    • your local victim services unit
    • the local police service or RCMP detachment

    Victim Impact Statement brochure

  • Trial Expenses
    • You are NOT paid to attend court.
    • The clerk at the courthouse can provide you with an expense form. Your subpoena is required for this form.
    • As a witness for the Crown you are entitled to reasonable travel, mileage and meal expenses.
    • Record mileage from your home to the courthouse and keep meal receipts.

  • Restitution - Restitution is a court order that requires the offender to pay you for any out-of-pocket losses directly related to the crime. The judge is required to consider restitution. If it's not ordered, the judge must explain why.

    How do I prove that I lost money or property due to a crime?

    • Fill out the Statement on Restitution form
    • Clearly describe what has been lost or damaged
    • Include copies of receipts and other information like photographs and repair estimates or a paystub showing lost wages

    What are some things I can request Restitution for?

    • If you had to buy things to replace what you lost
    • Repair and restoration of damage
    • Costs for temporary housing, food, childcare and transportation due to moving out of the offender's household
    • Services like a counsellor or psychologist
    • Lost wages
    • Expenses to order or replace pieces of personal identification or correct your credit history
    • Expenses to remove a personal image from the Internet or other digital network

    When the court orders Restitution:

    • You will be provided with a copy of the restitution order if you ask. You are responsible for enforcing the order. You will have to file the order in the Court of Queen's Bench to get what is owed to you. The filing fee will be waived.
    • For more information, refer to the booklet Getting and Enforcing Your Civil Judgement in Alberta found here.

    If the court doesn't order Restitution, you can sue the offender in a civil court. It will be up to you to pay the court fees and/or lawyer to do this.

    Remember:

    • The offender could be sentenced at any time
    • Return your Statement on Restitution form to the police or your local Victim Services Unit as soon as possible
    • The accused and their lawyer will receive a copy of your Statement on Restitution

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