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Appendix: Section 5 of Chapter 258B of the Massachusetts General Laws

The legislation requiring district attorneys to create and maintain a program to provide services to victims and witness of crimes.

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Each district attorney shall create and maintain, to the extent reasonably possible and subject to the available resources, a program to afford victims and witnesses of crimes the rights and services described in this chapter. Those services shall include but not be limited to the following:

(a)  court appearance notification services, including cancellations of appearances;

(b)  informational services relative to the availability and collection of witness fees, victim compensation and restitution;

(c)  escort and other transportation services related to the investigation or prosecution of the case, if necessary;

(d)  case process notification services;

(e)  employer intercession services;

(f)   expedited return of property services;

(g)  protection services;

(h)  family support services including child and other dependent care services;

(i)   waiting facilities; and

(j)   social service referrals.

Date published: October 1, 2018