Friday, April 18, 2014

Victims' Legal Counsel establishment for Sexual Assault victims

There wasn't much fanfare on this, which is surprising given the focus on sexual assault.  The Navy has opened up multiple legal offices specifically to focus on helping sexual assault victims through the legal process.  More information here:

http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2014/NAV14087.txt

Specifically, they are charged with the following:

"6. SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION. VLC WILL FORM AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP WITH ELIGIBLE VICTIMS. ACCORDINGLY, ALL COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN VLC AND THE CLIENT WILL BE CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED. VLC WILL ADVISE VICTIMS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTING OPTIONS; PROVIDE LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND ADVICE DURING THE INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS; ADVOCATE ON THE VICTIM'S BEHALF; REPRESENT THE VICTIM IN MILITARY JUSTICE PROCEEDINGS WHERE THE VICTIM HAS AN INTEREST AND RIGHT TO BE HEARD BY THE COURT; AND PROVIDE OTHER LEGAL ADVICE AND SERVICES CONNECTED WITH A REPORT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. VLC ARE SUBJECT TO AND MUST COMPLY WITH THE RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT IN ACCORDANCE WITH REFERENCE (J)."

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