Request an Amicus Brief

NCVLI participates as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) in victims’ rights cases in state, federal, and military courts, when the issue the court is considering will have significant impacts on crime victims. We lend our expertise to elevate victims’ voices beyond a single case.

Amicus Brief Request

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Answering the questions in the form below does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and NCVLI.  The information you provide is collected solely for the purpose of facilitating a response to your request.  NCVLI will not distribute any personally identifiable information that you provide to other entities without your express consent.  NCVLI may, at times, share de-identified information for purposes of reporting about our work and aggregate data for purposes of analysis.

Due to the high volume of requests that NCVLI receives, priority is given to requests involving rights enforcement in criminal cases that will set precedent for other crime victims.  In addition, NCVLI prioritizes cases identified by members of the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates (NAVRA), NCVLI’s membership alliance.

Your request will be acknowledged and then reviewed for determination of whether we can participate.  You will be notified regarding that determination within three (3) weeks of this acknowledgement.

By answering the questions in the form below, you are acknowledging that you have read and accept the disclaimer.

Requests are viewed between the hours of 9am and 5pm PST, Monday through Friday.

If you are a victim seeking help, please note that NCVLI generally does not provide direct legal representation and cannot give legal advice. For this reason, NCVLI will only respond to requests submitted by victims’ rights attorneys, advocates, and other allied professionals. To find resources as a victim please use the following databases:

NCVLI’s Victim Resource Database (Please note that our database is currently undergoing widespread updates and corrections.)

Office for Victims of Crime Database

Victim Connect Database

If you are in need of an attorney, a number of organizations have compiled links to legal resources that can assist with finding an attorney nationwide.  The American Bar Association’s, for example, includes information that can assist with finding an attorney who may be able to help on a range of different legal issues (  Many state bar associations also offer lawyer referral services that may be able to help connect you with an attorney.


I have read and understand the above information.*

Are you a member of NCVLI's National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys & Advocates (NAVRA)?*

I have read the above information and understand that NCVLI only responds to requests submitted by victims’ rights attorneys, advocates, and other allied professionals.*

How did you find out about NCVLI? Select all that apply.*

Is this case at the trial or appellate level?*

If an appellate case, has the Appellant/Petitioner filed their brief?

If an appellate case, has the lower court issued a written order?

If, during review of this request, we require a copy of the court order for which you are seeking review, do you have a copy that could be provided?

What is the PRIMARY victims' right issue in the case?*

What is/are the predominant victim population(s) impacted by your request? Select all that apply.*

What criminal offense or conduct is responsible for the underlying victimization? Select all that apply*

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