Tex. Fam. Code § 57.003

Current through the 87th Legislature Third Called Session.
Section 57.003 - Duties of Juvenile Board and Victim Assistance Coordinator
(a) The juvenile board shall ensure to the extent practicable that a victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim is afforded the rights granted by Section 57.002 and, on request, an explanation of those rights.
(b) The juvenile board may designate a person to serve as victim assistance coordinator in the juvenile board's jurisdiction for victims of juvenile offenders.
(c) The victim assistance coordinator shall ensure that a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim, is afforded the rights granted victims, guardians, and relatives by Section 57.002 and, on request, an explanation of those rights. The victim assistance coordinator shall work closely with appropriate law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorneys, and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in carrying out that duty.
(d) The victim assistance coordinator shall ensure that at a minimum, a victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim receives:
(1) a written notice of the rights outlined in Section 57.002;
(2) an application for compensation under the Crime Victims' Compensation Act (Chapter 56B, Code of Criminal Procedure); and
(3) a victim impact statement with information explaining the possible use and consideration of the victim impact statement at detention, adjudication, and release proceedings involving the juvenile.
(e) The victim assistance coordinator shall, on request, offer to assist a person receiving a form under Subsection (d) to complete the form.
(f) The victim assistance coordinator shall send a copy of the victim impact statement to the court conducting a disposition hearing involving the juvenile.
(g) The juvenile board, with the approval of the commissioners court of the county, may approve a program in which the victim assistance coordinator may offer not more than 10 hours of posttrial psychological counseling for a person who serves as a juror or an alternate juror in an adjudication hearing involving graphic evidence or testimony and who requests the posttrial psychological counseling not later than the 180th day after the date on which the jury in the adjudication hearing is dismissed. The victim assistance coordinator may provide the counseling using a provider that assists local juvenile justice agencies in providing similar services to victims.

Tex. Fam. Code § 57.003

Amended by Acts 2019, Texas Acts of the 86th Leg.- Regular Session, ch. TBD,Sec. 2.33, eff. 1/1/2021.
Amended by Acts 2015, Texas Acts of the 84th Leg. - Regular Session, ch. 734,Sec. 57, eff. 9/1/2015.
Amended By Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 93, Sec. 2, eff. 9/1/2009.
Amended By Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 93, Sec. 3, eff. 9/1/2009.
Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 262, Sec. 51, eff. 1/1/1996.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 633, Sec. 1, eff. 6/14/1989.