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Act 87 of 1985

780.793 Appearance and statement of victim; notice of disposition; physical presence of juvenile; amendatory act to be known and cited as “Rebekah Bletsch law”.

Sec. 43.

  (1) The victim has the right to appear and make an oral impact statement at the juvenile’s disposition or sentencing. If the victim is physically or emotionally unable to make the oral impact statement, the victim may designate any other person 18 years of age or older who is neither the defendant nor incarcerated to make the statement on his or her behalf. The other person need not be an attorney.

  (2) Upon request, the victim shall be notified by the prosecuting attorney, or, pursuant to an agreement under section 48a, the court of the disposition of the juvenile’s offense not more than 30 days after the disposition is made.

  (3) Unless the court has determined, in its discretion, that the juvenile is behaving in a disruptive manner or presents a threat to the safety of any individuals present in the courtroom, the juvenile must be physically present in the courtroom at the time a victim makes an oral impact statement under subsection (1). In making its determination under this subsection, the court may consider any relevant statement provided by the victim regarding the juvenile being physically present during that victim’s oral impact statement. This subsection applies to cases in which the sentencing of the juvenile occurs on or after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subsection.

  (4) The 2018 amendatory act that amended this section and sections 15 and 75 shall be known and may be cited as the “Rebekah Bletsch law”.

History: Add. 1988, Act 22, Eff. June 1, 1988 ;– Am. 1993, Act 341, Eff. May 1, 1994 ;– Am. 2000, Act 503, Eff. June 1, 2001 ;– Am. 2018, Act 153, Imd. Eff. May 23, 2018