South Carolina Governor's Office

South Carolina Crime Victims' Constitutional Rights

Dome of the South Carolina State House"To preserve and protect victims' rights to justice and due process regardless of race, sex, age, religion, economic, status, victims of crime have the right to:"

  • be treated with fairness, respect and dignity;
  • be free from intimidation or harm throughout the criminal and juvenile justice process;
  • be informed about victims' rights;
  • be reasonably informed about criminal proceedings;
  • be informed if the accused is arrested, released, or escapes;
  • confer with the prosecution before the case is heard in court;
  • be present at criminal proceedings where the accused has the right to be present;
  • be heard at proceedings affecting bond, bail, release, pleas or sentencing;
  • have reasonable access to documents relating to the crime before trial;
  • receive restitution from the adult or juvenile offenders;
  • a reasonable, prompt and final conclusion of the case;

The penalty for violating the Victims' Bill of Rights is:

  • Writ of mandamus, issued by Supreme Court or circuit court to require compliance
  • A willful failure to comply with a writ of mandamus is punishable as contempt