The District Attorney’s Office features a distinct unit, which gives special attention to child victims of abuse and sexual assault. The advocate in this division works only with child victims and their non-offending parents or guardians. Child victims receive direct support and sympathetic assistance throughout the criminal justice process. A children’s Court School Program has been developed solely to benefit child crime victims.
a. To explain, in language understood by the child, all legal proceedings in which the child will be involved;
b. To act, as a friend of the court, to advise the judge, whenever appropriate, of the child’s ability to understand and cooperate in any court proceeding;
c. To assist the child and the child’s family in coping with the emotional impact of the crime and any subsequent criminal proceeding in which the child is involved;
d. To advise the district attorney concerning the ability of a child witness to cooperate with the prosecution and concerning the potential effects of the proceeding on the child.
Source: L. 84: Entire part added, p. 656, 3, effective May 14. L. 85: IP(1) amended, p. 1361, 18, effective June 28. L. 92: IP(1) amended, p. 427, 5, effective January 14, 1993.