'Marsy's Law' cards coming

Jan 23, 2017

When voters approved "Marsy's Law" -- the Constitutional measure on crime victims' rights -- the law required "Marsy's cards" to be given out by law enforcement.

Those cards were to spell out a victim's rights.

"Across the state, different jurisdictions were doing different versions of a 'Marsy's Card,'" said North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. "Some had a simple business card-sized document taht had a link to a Website. Others were handing out the entire Constitutional provision. Neither one of those are very helpful."

So Stenehjem said he has developed a uniform  “Marsy’s Law” card.

"We summarized the rights and duties victims have into one simple card that we will print and provide to local law enforcement," Stenehjem said. And he said in the meantime, you can go to the Attorney General’s Website – and find the information there.

But there are still a number of questions surrounding "Marsy's Law."

Some of the questions are going to require either an official Attorney Genera;'s opinion, or in some instances a court ruling," Stenehjem said.

And the Legislature is considering an interim study of the new law.