State v. Lavrik

The New Jersey Appellate Division began its opinion by succinctly stating the issue: “In this case of first impression, we consider whether a victim in a criminal matter has standing to appeal from a trial court order granting defendant’s motion for a civil reservation, where the victim neither moved to intervene before the trial court nor this court, and the parties to the underlying action have not appealed.” The Court ruled that the victim had standing to appeal, but prospectively the Court noted several caveats to its ruling. Some of the basis for the decision might be the case’s high-profile nature. On the merits, the Court found the trial court’s analysis flawed and, thus, remanded.

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