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H.B. 167

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 2:33 PM by jeyring. -->              1     




Chief Sponsor: R. Curt Webb

Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides victims of crime the right to H. [ file an amicus brief ] submit a written
             9a      statement .H in actions on appeal
             10      related to that crime.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    gives victims of crime the right to H. [ file amicus briefs ] submit a written
             13a      statement .H in actions on appeal related to
             14      the crime of which they are victims.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          77-38-4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 352
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 77-38-4 is amended to read:
             25           77-38-4. Right to be present, to be heard, and to file an amicus brief on appeal --
             26      Control of disruptive acts or irrelevant statements -- Statements from persons in custody.
             27          (1) The victim of a crime shall have the right:

             28          (a) to be present at the important criminal or juvenile justice hearings provided in
             29      Subsections 77-38-2 (5)(a) through (f)[, the right to];
             30          (b) to be heard at the important criminal or juvenile justice hearings provided in
             31      Subsections 77-38-2 (5)(b), (c), (d), and (f)[, and,];
             32          (c) to H. [ file an amicus brief ] submit a written statement .H in any action on appeal
             32a      related to that crime; and
             33          (d) upon request to the judge hearing the matter, [the right] to be present and heard at
             34      the initial appearance of the person suspected of committing the conduct or criminal offense
             35      against the victim on issues relating to whether to release a defendant or minor and, if so, under
             36      what conditions release may occur.
             37          (2) This chapter shall not confer any right to the victim of a crime to be heard:
             38          (a) at any criminal trial, including the sentencing phase of a capital trial under Section
             39      76-3-207 or at any preliminary hearing, unless called as a witness; and
             40          (b) at any delinquency trial or at any preliminary hearing in a minor's case, unless
             41      called as a witness.
             42          (3) The right of a victim or representative of a victim to be present at trial is subject to
             43      Rule 615 of the Utah Rules of Evidence.
             44          (4) Nothing in this chapter shall deprive the court of the right to prevent or punish
             45      disruptive conduct nor give the victim of a crime the right to engage in disruptive conduct.
             46          (5) The court shall have the right to limit any victim's statement to matters that are
             47      relevant to the proceeding.
             48          (6) In all cases where the number of victims exceeds five, the court may limit the
             49      in-court oral statements it receives from victims in its discretion to a few representative
             50      statements.
             51          (7) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a victim's right to be heard may be
             52      exercised at the victim's discretion in any appropriate fashion, including an oral, written,
             53      audiotaped, or videotaped statement or direct or indirect information that has been provided to
             54      be included in any presentence report.
             55          (8) If the victim of a crime is a person who is in custody as a pretrial detainee, as a
             56      prisoner following conviction for an offense, or as a juvenile who has committed an act that
             57      would be an offense if committed by an adult, or who is in custody for mental or psychological
             58      treatment, the right to be heard under this chapter shall be exercised by submitting a written

             59      statement to the court.
             60          (9) The court may exclude any oral statement from a victim on the grounds of the
             61      victim's incompetency as provided in Rule 601(a) of Utah Rules of Evidence.
             62          (10) Except in juvenile court cases, the Constitution may not be construed as limiting
             63      the existing rights of the prosecution to introduce evidence in support of a capital sentence.

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