Title 12
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 28
Victim’s Rights

R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-28-4.3

§ 12-28-4.3. Pretrial conferences — Misdemeanors in district court.

(a) In all misdemeanor cases heard before the district court, the victim of the alleged criminal offense shall be afforded the opportunity to address the court during the pretrial conference, unless the judge determines, based on the facts of the particular case, that the presence of the victim would substantially interfere with the court’s ability to administer justice. At the pretrial conference, the victim shall be afforded the opportunity to explain the impact which the defendant’s criminal conduct has had upon the victim and to comment on the proposed disposition of the case.

(b) For the purposes of this section, “victim” is one who has sustained personal injury or loss of property directly attributable to the criminal conduct with which the defendant has been charged.

History of Section.
P.L. 1986, ch. 405, § 2.