Good morning Stephen:
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The short answer to your question is "yes."
The role of a judge, when it comes to sentencing an individual (including any sentences that involve restitution orders) is to apply the sentencing laws in just manner. The role of the judge is not to advocate for the interests of one party over the other (i.e, a judge cannot advocate on behalf of a victim or a defendant).
What this means is that the judge is not/nor cannot be in the position of conferring with victims or alerting them as to changes in the case or sentencing. Essentially, the judge is just the umpire who calls balls and strikes.
Rather, it is the specific District Attorney's Office that advocates on behalf of the victim and generally alerts victims to changes regarding the case. The District Attorney's Office is the representative of the people and, in criminal cases, representatives of the victims in the action. As such, they would be the ones responsible for informing victims to certain changes in a case, not the judge.
So, the answer to your question would be "no," a judge is not required by law to inform or alert victims of changes in the status or matters in a criminal case.
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