At Court

You are entitled to ask and be told by the Gardaí:

  • when and where the court case you are involved in will take place,
  • what the suspect is being charged with and, if they are convicted,
  • the date they will be sentenced.

If a suspect has been arrested, you may have the right to be heard at a hearing where a decision is made about whether they should be released from custody on bail. For you to exercise this right, the Gardaí must ask the judge who is hearing the case whether or not you can be heard. It is up to the judge to decide.

If you give evidence in court, you can ask for an interpreter to be there. You do not have to pay for this. If your request for an interpreter is refused, you can appeal that refusal.

If the offender pleads guilty or is found guilty, you have a right to make a personal statement before they are sentenced. This is called a victim impact statement. It gives you a chance to describe, in your own words, how the crime has impacted you physically, emotionally and financially.

You have the right to ask for, and be told about, any final decision in a case and the reasons for the decision. However, you do not have a right to be given a reason in a case where a jury made the decision.

Find out more


The Department of Justice has created a Victims Charter that describes what victims can expect from the criminal justice system.


When you
report a Crime

When you first contact the Gardaí (Irish police) or the Garda Ombudsman Commission, you are entitled to be offered a wide range of information.



While investigating your case, the Gardaí will decide whether you need special supports or protections. Among the things they will consider when making their decision are your personal circumstances and the type and circumstances of the crime.


If Your Rights
Aren’t Respected

In Ireland, no one person or organisation is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints that a victims’ rights have been violated. However, there are a few steps that you can take if you think your rights have not been respected. 


Get Help Now

The Crime Victims Helpline is a listening and support service for victims of crime in Ireland. We provide time and space for victims to talk about their experiences. We also answer questions about the criminal justice system and help victims understand their rights.

Support Services

If you or a friend or family member has been impacted by crime, there are a number of organization in Ireland who can help.