Criminal Justice System Resources


Criminal Justice Process
The criminal justice process is a world that can be difficult for many victims to navigate, and television programs set within the criminal justice system often lead viewers to believe that the process is quick and clean, further adding to victim frustration.

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Find out tips for observing and testifying in court as a victim/survivor.  Learn about the legal process and understand legal terminology.  

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Criminal Appeals Process
After defendants are convicted of a crime, they have the right to appeal the conviction. Victims who want to familiarize themselves with this process can find out more information here.


NC SAVAN is a program that notifies victims/survivors of crimes of the status of the location of the offender who committed the crime. If the offender is moved to another facility, is set to be released or escapes, automatic notifications are sent to the victim/survivor.


Court Calendar

The Administrative Office of the Courts offers a public information search of all public court dates, including criminal cases. This may be useful to victims who want to participate in the criminal justice process and want to verify the court date of the defendant. Some domestic violence cases (for civil charges) may not be listed.


DPS Offender Search
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety offers a public information search of offenders. This may be useful to view the status of an offender’s arrest, conviction, probation or parole status.


Restitution Information
Defendants are sometimes ordered to pay restitution to victims of their criminal acts, as a condition of their probation. This link to NC General Statute 15A-1340.38, contains information about the enforcement of certain orders for restitution.


Victim Services for Prisons, Probation and Parole
This site provides you with information about the Division of Adult Correction and the services provided to crime victims whose offenders are in prison or on parole, probation or post-release supervision.


Address Confidentiality Program
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking who have escaped abuse may be eligible to have their new address concealed from public records. View the Web site for more information.


Sex Offender Registry
This link is to the NC Sex Offender Registry with the Attorney General’s Office. The AG’s office makes this information available “for purposes of protecting the public, for keeping them informed and for allowing them to take proactive measures to ensure safety in their communities.”