Safeguarding Victim Privacy: A Plan of Action for Prosecutors
Presented by Meg Garvin, Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute and Viktoria Kristiansson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
Victims of gender-based violence often disclose intimate details of their private lives and their victimization to multiple professionals over the course of a case. As prosecutors, we have an obligation to provide to the defense all evidence in the government’s possession or control that is material to a defendant’s guilt or punishment. How can we fulfill that obligation, while at the same time safeguarding the privacy of victims against unnecessary disclosure? Filing motions for protective orders and vigorously opposing defense demands for irrelevant private information is an important part of trial practice for any prosecutor responsible for these sensitive cases.
This webinar recording identifies categories of confidential and/or privileged victim information and records; discusses threshold requirements for defense attempts to obtain such information or for in camera review of records, and suggests pretrial and trial strategies that support the protection of victim privacy, including collaboration with allied professionals to safeguard private information.
Prosecutors and allied justice system professionals including, but not limited to, law enforcement, judges, victim-witness coordinators, community-based advocates, youth and family services case workers, and medical and mental health professionals are encouraged to view the recording.
This recording should qualify prosecutors for one (1.0) hour of continuing legal education credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.
Click here to view the recording of the December 11, 2015 webinar.
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