Intelligence Law Glossary - Crime Victim

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Crime Victim

Administrative Law

28 CFR § 45.10:  Procedures to promote compliance with crime victims' rights obligations [28 CFR PART 45—EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES]

(a) Definitions.
The following definitions shall apply with respect to this section, which implements the provisions of the Justice for All Act that relate to protection of the rights of crime victims. See 18 U.S.C. 3771.

Crime victim
means a person directly and proximately harmed as a result of the commission of a Federal offense or an offense in the District of Columbia. In the case of a crime victim who is under 18 years of age, incompetent, incapacitated, or deceased, the legal guardians of the crime victim or the representatives of the crime victim's estate, family members, or any other persons appointed as suitable by the court, may assume the crime victim's rights, but in no event shall the defendant be named as such guardian or representative.