Victims can now get notifications and information on their court cases

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Attorney General Leevin Camacho says that Guam is the first territory to launch the VINE program which is already active in 48 US states.

Survivors of sexual assault now have information about their assailant’s court case at their fingertips through the recently launched Guam Victim Information and Notification Everyday system or VINE.

Attorney General Leevin Camacho says that Guam is the first territory to launch the program which is already active in 48 US states. The VINE system is a free and confidential solution promoting victim participation in the criminal justice system by allowing victims to search court events and receive notifications should court cases be rescheduled or canceled.

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“The idea behind VINE is that victims now have the option of receiving notifications on their cases whenever they want. As of right now, there are few ways for victims to receive notifications like they can get an automated phone call or they can receive text messages,” Camacho said.

VINE provides information on arraignment hearings, bail hearings, change of plea hearings trials, sentencing and restitution hearings. AG Camacho says that the system only provides information on active cases before the Superior Court of Guam, cases which are closed, and juvenile cases. Federal cases are not accessible.

VINE can be accessed through the website vinelink.com, it is also available as a smartphone app called VINELink App and through telephone at 1-877-484-8463.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.