Chamber of Deputies passes non-property damages for victims of violent crime

Another government-sponsored bill passed by the Chamber of Deputies on Friday enables victims of violent crime to demand compensation for non-property damages. If signed into law, the amendment would allow courts to assess such damages based upon the amount demanded by victims and the evidence they provide. At present, courts may only assess damages based on material damages that can be expressed monetarily, otherwise they must sue for personal damages separately, an option not frequently used.