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Bill Detail: SB22-049

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Title Victim Rights Act
Status Governor Signed (05/06/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors T. Carver (R)
K. Tipper (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/18/2022
Summary

The bill updates the Victim Rights Act (act). The purpose of the
act is to ensure all victims of crimes are protected by law enforcement
agencies, prosecutors, and judges.
The bill updates include:
  • Allowing a victim or the victim's designees to appear in
court proceedings in person, by phone, or virtually via
video or audio technology, or similar technology;
  • Requiring defendants to attend sentencing hearings to hear

the victim's impact statement, unless the court excludes the
defendant;
  • Clarifying that a victim or the victim's designees have a
right to consult with the prosecution after any crime against
the victim has been charged, and the prosecutor shall
explain the sentencing terms;
  • Requiring the court to provide the victim or the victim's
designees with translation or interpretation services as
needed during all critical stages of the hearing;
  • Clarifying that a victim or the victim's designees have a
right to attend all parole board hearings;
  • Requiring a court to order a bond hearing in any case that
falls under the act; and
  • Clarifying that more than one person can represent the
interests of a victim who is deceased or incapacitated.

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