2007 ORS 147.227¹
Disbursement of moneys to be used for comprehensive victims’ assistance programs
  • rules
  • qualifications

(1) The Attorney General or the Attorney General’s designee shall disburse a portion of the moneys that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Account receives from the Criminal Fine and Assessment Account to counties and cities where prosecuting attorneys maintain comprehensive victims’ assistance programs approved by the Attorney General or the Attorney General’s designee. Those counties and cities shall provide the moneys to the prosecuting attorney therein to be used exclusively for the comprehensive victims’ assistance program. Pursuant to consultation with a three member advisory committee, which the Attorney General shall establish administratively, and which shall consist of a representative from the Attorney General’s Office, the Oregon District Attorneys Association and a prosecutor’s victim assistance program, the Attorney General shall adopt rules for equitable distribution of these moneys among participating counties and cities.

(2) To qualify for approval under this section, a comprehensive victims’ assistance program may not restrict services only to victims or witnesses of a particular type of crime, but shall provide services to victims and witnesses generally. The program must also, in the determination of the Attorney General or the Attorney General’s designee, substantially accomplish the following:

(a) Provide comprehensive services to victims and witnesses of all types of crime with particular emphasis on serious crimes against persons and property, including, but not limited to:

(A) Informing victims and witnesses of their case status and progress;

(B) Performing advocate duties for victims within the criminal justice system;

(C) Assisting victims in recovering property damaged or stolen and in obtaining restitution or compensation for medical and other expenses incurred as a result of the criminal act;

(D) Preparing victims for pending court hearings by informing them of procedures involved;

(E) Accompanying victims to court hearings;

(F) Involving victims, when possible, in the decision-making process in the criminal justice system;

(G) Assisting victims in obtaining the return of property held as evidence;

(H) Assisting victims with personal logistical problems related to court appearances; and

(I) Developing community resources to assist victims of crime;

(b) Be administered by the district attorney of the county or city attorney of the city;

(c) Assist victims of crimes in the preparation and presentation of claims against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Account; and

(d) Generally encourage and facilitate testimony by victims of and witnesses to criminal conduct.

(3) If a proposed victims’ assistance program, although not substantially comprising all elements described in subsection (2) of this section, nevertheless comprises a significant portion thereof and if, in the determination of the Attorney General or the Attorney General’s designee thereof, it would not be practicable at the current time for the district attorney or city attorney to establish a more comprehensive program, the Attorney General or the Attorney General’s designee thereof may qualify the program under this section on a temporary basis and subject to such conditions as the Attorney General or the designee shall impose upon the program. [1987 c.905 §11; 1997 c.872 §30; 2001 c.829 §4; 2005 c.700 §7; 2007 c.24 §1]

Notes of Decisions

"Person" has same meaning as defini­tion given to term by Criminal Code. State v. Spino, 143 Or App 619, 925 P2d 101 (1996)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Primary resource as between federally funded Aid to Dependent Children or state-funded General Assistance benefits and Crime Victims' Compensa­tion Program for pay­ment of lost earnings compensa­tion, (1987) Vol 46, p 1

Chapter 147

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Primary resource fund where per­son, as result of single incident, becomes eligible for medical benefits from funds administered by Adult and Family Service Division, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund and Crime Victims' Compensa­tion Division, (1978) Vol 39, p 323

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 147—Victims of Crime and Acts of Mass Destruction, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­147.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 147, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­147ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.