Q: Can you sue the government for taking too long to prosecute?
I went to the police in December 2021 for being a victim of a sex crime. The arrested him last year and we have yet to get a conviction, he has been in jail for over a year. The legal representative for the government is staying in contact but can we sue for the time that this is taking?
A: No. Penalties imposed for criminal acts are meant to benefit the public, not private parties such as you. Similarly, if the perpetrator had been promptly prosecuted and acquitted, you would not have had standing to appeal. Your remedy would have been a civil case, if you could have proven money damages.
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