Expedited effective date: September 1, 2014
Summary: HB 2309 (Laws 2013, Chapter 55) expanded the types of juvenile acts to which the Victim’s Rights for Juvenile Offenses statutes apply. The amendments to Rule 21 concerning victim’s rights no longer require that a misdemeanor offense involve physical injury, a threat of physical injury, or a sexual offense. The amendments also add the categories of petty offenses and violations of local criminal ordinances to the classes of offenses that activate victim’s rights in juvenile proceedings.
Impact: The victim has the right to be present at all proceedings where the juvenile has the right to be present. The court must ensure that the rights of victims, including those rights not specifically set forth in the juvenile rules, are enforced in a manner consistent with the protection and rehabilitation of the victim.
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