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Victims' Rights

Victims of felony crime in New Hampshire are entitled to certain rights under the New Hampshire Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights. According to state law, you have the right to:

  • Be treated with fairness and respect for your dignity and privacy;
  • Be free from intimidation and be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process;
  • Be notified of all court proceedings;
  • Be advised of the progress of the case and of its final disposition;
  • Appear and make a written or oral victim impact statement at the sentencing of the defendant;
  • Be notified of the date and time of an appeal, sentence review hearings and sentence reduction hearings; 
  • Be notified of any change of status such as prison release or probation board hearings. A victim of domestic violence, which means an act committed by a family or household member or current or former partner, has a right to go to court to file a petition asking for protective orders against the abusive person and to seek a private criminal complaint.

For more detailed information about victims’ rights, go to Department of Justice Crime Victims Information at

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Who Prosecutes Cases?

Who Prosecutes Cases?

The Attorney General represents the state in all civil and criminal cases in the Supreme Court and prosecutes all homicides. Generally, the County Attorney and local police prosecutors handle most other criminal cases.

The Attorney General also has authority in other regulatory areas, such as environmental and consumer protection.