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Admissibility Standards For Juvenile Statements

Concerning narrowing admissibility standards for juvenile statements to protect the voluntariness of such statements, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2023 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Courts & Judicial
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

The act makes any statement or admission obtained during a juvenile custodial interrogation by a law enforcement official or agent who knowingly communicated any untruthful information or belief to the juvenile to be presumptively inadmissible against the juvenile at trial, unless the prosecution, in an evidentiary hearing prior to trial, proves by a preponderance of the evidence and based on the totality of the circumstances that the statement or admission was made voluntarily, despite the untruthful information or belief used to obtain the statement or admission or that the law enforcement official agent in good faith reasonably believed the information or belief was true at the time it was used. In assessing the totality of the circumstances, the court shall consider all evidence presented concerning the juvenile's vulnerability to any untruthful information or belief used during the custodial interrogation.

The act requires law enforcement officials or agents to electronically record all juvenile custodial interrogations. Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to adopt and follow national model policies that are included in P.O.S.T. rules concerning law-enforcement-conducted interrogations involving a juvenile.

The act directs the P.O.S.T. board to develop a live, virtual, training program for peace officers on the enforcement of laws related to custodial interrogation of juveniles to ensure uniform interpretation of the law. The state shall cover any local law enforcement agency costs associated with the training.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $37,500 is appropriated to the department of law from the P.O.S.T. board cash fund for peace officers standards and training board support.

APPROVED by Governor May 18, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details