Current through the 87th Legislature Third Called Session.
Section 57.002 - Victim's Rights(a) A victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim is entitled to the following rights within the juvenile justice system: (1) the right to receive from law enforcement agencies adequate protection from harm and threats of harm arising from cooperation with prosecution efforts;(2) the right to have the court or person appointed by the court take the safety of the victim or the victim's family into consideration as an element in determining whether the child should be detained before the child's conduct is adjudicated;(3) the right, if requested, to be informed of relevant court proceedings, including appellate proceedings, and to be informed in a timely manner if those court proceedings have been canceled or rescheduled;(4) the right to be informed, when requested, by the court or a person appointed by the court concerning the procedures in the juvenile justice system, including general procedures relating to:(A) the preliminary investigation and deferred prosecution of a case; and(B) the appeal of the case;(5) the right to provide pertinent information to a juvenile court conducting a disposition hearing concerning the impact of the offense on the victim and the victim's family by testimony, written statement, or any other manner before the court renders its disposition;(6) the right to receive information regarding compensation to victims as provided by Chapter 56B, Code of Criminal Procedure, including information related to the costs that may be compensated under that chapter and the amount of compensation, eligibility for compensation, and procedures for application for compensation under that chapter, the payment of medical expenses under Subchapter F, Chapter 56A, Code of Criminal Procedure, for a victim of a sexual assault, and when requested, to referral to available social service agencies that may offer additional assistance;(7) the right to be informed, upon request, of procedures for release under supervision or transfer of the person to the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for parole, to participate in the release or transfer for parole process, to be notified, if requested, of the person's release, escape, or transfer for parole proceedings concerning the person, to provide to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for inclusion in the person's file information to be considered by the department before the release under supervision or transfer for parole of the person, and to be notified, if requested, of the person's release or transfer for parole;(8) the right to be provided with a waiting area, separate or secure from other witnesses, including the child alleged to have committed the conduct and relatives of the child, before testifying in any proceeding concerning the child, or, if a separate waiting area is not available, other safeguards should be taken to minimize the victim's contact with the child and the child's relatives and witnesses, before and during court proceedings;(9) the right to prompt return of any property of the victim that is held by a law enforcement agency or the attorney for the state as evidence when the property is no longer required for that purpose;(10) the right to have the attorney for the state notify the employer of the victim, if requested, of the necessity of the victim's cooperation and testimony in a proceeding that may necessitate the absence of the victim from work for good cause;(11) the right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the conduct of the child as provided by Section 54.08, subject to that section; and(12) any other right appropriate to the victim that a victim of criminal conduct has under Subchapter B, Chapter 56A, Code of Criminal Procedure.(b) In notifying a victim of the release or escape of a person, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department shall use the same procedure established for the notification of the release or escape of an adult offender under Subchapter K, Chapter 56A, Code of Criminal Procedure.Amended by Acts 2019, Texas Acts of the 86th Leg.- Regular Session, ch. TBD,Sec. 2.32, eff. 1/1/2021.Amended by Acts 2015, Texas Acts of the 84th Leg. - Regular Session, ch. 734,Sec. 56, eff. 9/1/2015.Amended by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg. - Regular Session, ch. 1345,Sec. 8, eff. 9/1/2013.Amended By Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87, Sec. 25.060, eff. 9/1/2009.Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.95(110), eff. 9/1/1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 262, Sec. 50, eff. 1/1/1996; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1034, Sec. 8, eff. 9/1/2001.Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 633, Sec. 1, eff. 6/14/1989.