H1201B1506A01139 BIL:JMM 04/17/13 #90 A01139
AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILL NO. 1201
Sponsor: REPRESENTATIVE QUINN
Printer's No. 1506
1Amend Bill, page 1, line 2, by inserting after "Statutes,"
9§ 5981. Declaration of policy.
10In order to promote the best interests of the [children of
11this Commonwealth] residents of this Commonwealth who are under
1218 years of age, especially those [children] who are material
13witnesses to or victims of crimes, the General Assembly declares
14its intent, in this subchapter, to provide [these children],
15where necessity is shown, procedures which will protect them
16during their involvement with the criminal justice system. The
17General Assembly urges the news media to use significant
18restraint and caution in revealing the identity or address of
19children who are victims of or witnesses to crimes or other
20information that would reveal the name or address of the child
21victim or witness.
24§ 5982. Definitions.
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35§ 5988. Victims of sexual or physical abuse.
1child victim of sexual or physical abuse, unless the court
2otherwise orders, the name of the child victim shall not be
3disclosed by officers or employees of the court to the public,
4and any records revealing the name of the child victim will not
5be open to public inspection.] a minor victim of sexual or
6physical abuse, the name of the minor victim shall not be
7disclosed by officers or employees of the court to the public,
8and any records revealing the name of the minor victim shall not
9be open to public inspection.
13(a.2) Waiver.--A minor victim who is 18 years of age or
14older at the time of the commencement of the prosecution may
15waive the provisions of this section and allow the court to
16release the name of the minor victim. The court shall develop
17procedures to implement the provisions of this subsection.