SEC. 99-43-37 Presence at court proceedings; oral or written statements by victim.
It is the discretion of the victim to exercise the right to be present and heard, where authorized by law, at a court proceeding. The absence of the victim at the proceeding of the court does not preclude the court from going forward with the proceeding. The right of the victim to be heard may be exercised, where authorized by law, at the discretion of the victim, through an oral statement or submission of a written statement, or both.
SOURCES: Laws, 1998, Ch. 577, § 19, SB 2352; Laws, 2004, ch. 355, § 2, SB 2466, eff from and after passage (approved Apr. 20, 2004).
PREVIOUS VERSIONS: Pre-2004