Every year over 200,000 Coloradans become victims of crime. In 1992 Colorado enacted the Victim Rights Act to give victims of violent crime a more active role in the criminal justice process. While every effort is made to ensure victims’ rights, the court is responsible for ensuring these rights do not infringe on the constitutional rights of the accused.
TITLE 24. GOVERNMENT – STATE ADMINISTRATION ARTICLE 4.1.301 VICTIM AND WITNESS RIGHTS GUIDELINES FOR ASSURING THE RIGHTS OF VICTIMS OF AND WITNESSES TO CRIMES
The general assembly hereby finds and declares that the full and voluntary cooperation of victims of and witnesses to crimes with state and local law enforcement agencies as to such crimes is imperative for the general effectiveness and well-being of the criminal justice system of this state. It is the intent of this part 3, therefore, to assure that all victims of and witnesses to crimes are honored and protected by law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and judges in a manner no less vigorous than the protection afforded criminal defendants.