Florida Senate - 2023                              CS for SB 510
       By the Committee on Criminal Justice; and Senator Burgess
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to victim’s right to candor in
    3         criminal proceedings; amending s. 960.001, F.S.;
    4         requiring that a victim be notified that he or she has
    5         the right to be informed of specified information if
    6         contacted by certain persons acting on behalf of a
    7         defendant in a criminal proceeding; providing an
    8         effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Paragraph (v) is added to subsection (1) of
   13  section 960.001, Florida Statutes, to read:
   14         960.001 Guidelines for fair treatment of victims and
   15  witnesses in the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems.—
   16         (1) The Department of Legal Affairs, the state attorneys,
   17  the Department of Corrections, the Department of Juvenile
   18  Justice, the Florida Commission on Offender Review, the State
   19  Courts Administrator and circuit court administrators, the
   20  Department of Law Enforcement, and every sheriff’s department,
   21  police department, or other law enforcement agency as defined in
   22  s. 943.10(4) shall develop and implement guidelines for the use
   23  of their respective agencies, which guidelines are consistent
   24  with the purposes of this act and s. 16(b), Art. I of the State
   25  Constitution and are designed to implement s. 16(b), Art. I of
   26  the State Constitution and to achieve the following objectives:
   27         (v)Victim’s right to candor.—Each victim must be notified
   28  that he or she has the right, if contacted to obtain information
   29  relating to a criminal proceeding by an attorney, an
   30  investigator, or any other agent acting on behalf of the
   31  criminal defendant, to be informed of:
   32         1.The person’s name and employer; and
   33         2.The fact that such person is acting on behalf of the
   34  defendant.
   35         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.