Marsy's Law - Victim Notification

  • Request for Criminal Appeal Status, pdf (Interactive Form)
  • Solcitud del Estado de la Apelacion Criminal, pdf (Forma Interactiva)
  • Request for Criminal Appeal Status, pdf (Print Only)
  • Solcitud del Estado de la Apelacion Criminal, pdf (Solo Imprimir)
  • There are more than 9,000 criminal appeals in California each year and over 500 death row cases. In many instances, victims and their families have never been apprised so that they might exercise their rights in clemency, execution or other criminal justice proceeding.

    As a victim of crime or family survivor, you can learn about the status and progress of criminal appeals for your case. Use the "Request for Criminal Appeal Status" PDF to submit a hard copy form to Victims’ Services Unit, or fill out the below web-form for immediate submission. Your local Victim Witness Center can also provide you with a form.

    The Victims' Services Unit will match your information with the defendant's criminal appeal and inform you about the case progress and ultimate decision.

    If you would like a copy of the Marsy’s card, please visit our Marsy's Card page.

Request For Criminal Appeal Status

All information remains confidential unless the court orders release of this information.

If you are a victim of crime or the victim's next of kin, parent, guardian or family member, you have the right to be notified of the status and outcome of that criminal appeal. The Attorney General's Victims' Services Unit can help you by providing this information and answer questions about the criminal justice proceedings.

If you want to be notified of the outcome of the criminal appeal, complete the below web-form and submit.

Contact the Victims' Services Unit: toll-free (877) 433-9069 or email

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Defendant's Information
Name of Victim(s):

Add up to five entries.

Victim Entry 1
Victim Entry 2
Victim Entry 3
Victim Entry 4
Victim Entry 5
Contact Information

I request to be notified about the criminal appeal in the above matter. I understand that it is my responsibility to inform you if my address should change. My current contact information is:

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Funding is made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act 2017-VA-GX-0084.

Privacy Notice: Collection and Use of Personal Information. The Victims’ Services Unit (VSU) in the Department of Justice (DOJ) collects the information requested on this form as authorized by [Cal. Const., Art. I, § 28.]. VSU uses this information to identify victims for appeal notifications. In addition, any personal information collected by state agencies is subject to the limitations in the Information Practices Act and state policy. The DOJ general privacy policy is available at
Providing Personal Information. All personal information requested must be provided.
Access to Your Information. You may review the records maintained by VSU in the DOJ that contain your personal information, as permitted by the Information Practices Act. See below for contact information.
Possible Disclosure of Personal Information. In order to provide appeal status notifications, we may need to share your information with the assigned DOJ attorney. The information you provide may also be disclosed in the following circumstances: in response to a Public Records Act request, as allowed by the Information Practices Act; to another government agency as required by state or federal law; in response to a court or administrative order, a subpoena, or a search warrant.
Contact Information. For questions, contact VSU at (877) 433-9069.