is entitled, upon request, to be informed about any follow-up done on the report made, including the decision to charge the defendant
or to close or provisionally suspend proceedings. The victim is also entitled to be informed of the date, time and place of the trial
and of the judgment
To this end, when victims are given information about their rights, they should declare their wish to be notified of any decisions made in the criminal proceedings and the reasoning for such decisions.
Victims are entitled not to want to be informed about all of the above. However, they cannot refuse to be informed if their role in the proceeding as a civil party or as an assistant requires them to be notified so that the defence of their rights and interests can go ahead.
Victims are entitled to be informed if the defendant or convicted criminal is released or escapes from prison, particularly when the defendant is considered potentially dangerous to the victim, and given information about key judicial decisions affecting the defendant's status, in particular the use of restrictive measures.
This information should be provided at each stage of the proceedings by the responsible authority - the Public Prosecution Service
, examining judge
or trial judge
Victims are also entitled to view the case file, except when judicial secrecy applies during the inquiry stage or the public prosecutor opposes the viewing on the grounds that it could jeopardise the investigation or the rights of the parties in the proceedings.