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Helping Crime Victims

Ornaments hung in memory of victims of crime at Tennessee Season to Remember

The Attorney General is in a real sense the lawyer for every citizen in the state, asserting the people's rights under the constitution and the laws and protecting them from those who would violate those rights. Through our vigorous prosecution of criminal cases in the appellate courts, this office continues the pursuit of justice on behalf of victims whose rights have been violated by the criminal acts of others. My staff and I are committed to providing appellate information and assistance to crime victims with compassion and respect. --Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr.

Tennessee law provides that "All victims of crime shall, upon their request, have the right to be fully informed of the stages in the appellate process and how to obtain information concerning appellate action that has an effect on the defendant's conviction or sentence and the date a defendant's sentence becomes final." Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-38-103(a)(1)(F).

In the District Attorneys General's offices throughout the state, crime victims and family members work with victim-witness coordinators during the trial and sentencing of defendants.

A person convicted of a crime has the right to appeal, and the Tennessee Attorney General's office represents the State of Tennessee in these appeals. Our Victim Liaisons provide information and assistance to crime victims and their families as these cases make their way through the appeals process.

If you or a family member are a victim of a crime and would like information about a case on appeal, please complete a Request for Notification Form and mail or fax the form to Victim Information Services.