In any action involving a victim sixty-five (65) years of age or older, the court shall take appropriate action to ensure a speedy trial to minimize the length of time the victim must endure the stress of involvement in the proceeding. In ruling on any motion or request for a delay or continuance of proceedings, the court shall consider any adverse impact the delay or continuance may have on the well-being of the victim or witness. This provision establishes a right to speedy trial to the victim and shall not be construed as creating any additional rights in the defendant.
(P.L. 2008, ch. 161, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 204, § 1.)
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 12-29.1-6
- Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
- Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
- Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
- Victim: means any elderly person who has been subjected to a crime of violence. See Rhode Island General Laws 12-29.1-3