Washoe DA's Office holds Marsy's Law training

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - It's about implementing crime victims' rights into Nevada's constitution.

The Washoe County District Attorney's Office held a final training session Tuesday afternoon to help the community understand the newly-passed Marsy's Law. More than 70 people from 30 victim advocacy groups were there.

Voters passed the Victims’ Bill of Rights in November, requiring crime victim notification and protection. The DA’s Office had 3 weeks to implement the requirements of the new law.

Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks says the new law is a big change to the state's criminal justice system.

"Now, as soon as we have a case that involves a victim, we're sending them a letter immediately. We are reaching out to them via phone or email to let them know what their rights are. To let them know how to get in touch with the DA's Office so we can keep them informed of everything that's going on. Now I’m proud to say, here in Washoe County, we've all along done a pretty good job, of taking care of our victims, but now with our new law, it's statewide. And there's not going to be any jurisdiction where a victim can fall through the cracks."

Hicks adds he expects this to be an evolving process and he suspects there will be some court challenges to the law itself.