Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office Ready to Implement New Victims’ Rights Law

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Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office Ready to Implement New Victims’ Rights Law

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(January 7, 2019 – Tampa, Fla.) Last November, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved of the proposed amendment to elevate victims’ rights into the Florida Constitution. Floridians voted for the Victim’s Rights Amendment, also known as Marsy’s Law, as part of Amendment 6 by 62 percent. The new law takes effect on January 8. Since its passage, the State Attorney’s Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit has made the following changes in office policy to comply with Marsy’s Law and continue its steadfast protection of victims’ rights: 

Updated our victim notification procedures;

Updated our Victim Assistance Program resources to include the newly expanded constitutional Rights of Victims; 

Developed and scheduled training for attorneys, victim advocates, and staff on the substantive changes in the law; and

Coordinated with partner agencies in Hillsborough County on how the requirements of Marsy’s Law affect their respective operations.

Andrew WarrenState Attorney Warren was a vocal supporter of Marsy’s Law leading up to the November election. “Floridians affirmed our commitment to supporting victims during their most vulnerable moments by enshrining their rights in the Constitution,” said Warren. “As the Legislature currently discusses how to implement statewide guidance on this important issue, our office has already made changes to protect survivors at every step of the process and guarantee the fairness and dignity they deserve. We are proud to be leading this charge.”

The State Attorney’s Office also expresses appreciation for the ongoing coordination and feedback from its criminal justice partners with whom it is collaborating to implement Marsy’s Law: the Administrative Office of the Courts, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, Plant City Police Department, Temple Terrace Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Office of the Attorney General, Florida Department of Corrections, and the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office.

“I commend my entire staff and our partner agencies for taking the proactive measures to ensure victims can exercise their rights by January 8 as intended by Florida voters,” Warren said.

 

Estella V. Gray, Director of Communications

813-557-3366

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