Senate Passes Bill to Allow Victim Advocates Remain in Courtroom for Minors Testifying

ATLANTA (March 26, 2013) – The State Senate passed HB 480 to allow victim assistance coordinators, victims’ advocates, and such other victim assistance personnel to remain in the courtroom while a person under the age of 16 testifies as a victim in a sex offense case by a vote of  54-1. 

“I’m glad we could pass House Bill 480 in the waning hours of this session,” said Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro), carrier of HB 480 in the Senate.  “Often times, situations like this are extremely difficult for the victim to speak openly and publicly about the offense.  House Bill 480 is another step to encourage these victims to come forward and bring justice to these heinous sex crimes.”

This legislation now awaits Governor Nathan Deal’s approval.

For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2013

For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director
Kate Greer, Broadcast Specialist