2020 Tennessee Code
Title 40 - Criminal Procedure
Chapter 38 - Victims' Rights
Part 1 - Victims' Bill of Rights
§ 40-38-114. Conference Between Victim and Prosecuting Attorney Prior to Final Disposition of Case

Universal Citation: TN Code § 40-38-114 (2020)
  1. The prosecuting attorney shall confer with the victim prior to the final disposition of a criminal offense, including the views of the victim regarding a decision not to proceed with a criminal prosecution or a decision to dismiss a charge or to enter into plea or sentencing agreements or the victim's views regarding a decision to enter a pretrial or other type of diversion program.
  2. The prosecuting attorney shall confer with the victim before the commencement of a trial. Any information received by the victim relating to the substance of the case shall be confidential, unless otherwise authorized by law or required by the courts to be disclosed.
  3. The rights of the victim do not include the authority to direct the prosecution of the case.
  4. Failure of the prosecuting attorney to confer with the victim does not affect the validity of an agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant in the case, a pretrial diversion of the defendant, a dismissal of an indictment or complaint filed against the defendant, a plea entered by the defendant or any other disposition in the case.
  5. Under this section, the victim has a duty to keep current information regarding the victim's location so the prosecuting attorney may be able to contact the victim. If the prosecuting attorney is unable to contact the victim due to the victim's failure to keep current information regarding the victim's location, the prosecuting attorney may only confer with the victim if practical under the circumstances.
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