Children; admissibility of statements in sexual offenses. (SB421)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hearsay; exception; children; certain sexual related offenses. Establishes a hearsay exception to out-of-court statements made by a child under the age of 10 in certain sexual related offenses, including sexual assault, sex trafficking, and pornography cases. The child must either testify at the proceeding or meet the definition of "unavailable." The court must hold a hearing prior to trial and find that the time, content, and circumstances provide sufficient indicia of reliability. The bill provides factors for the court to consider in making such a determination. Written notice of intent to offer the statement and a summary of the statement must be given to the adverse party at least 14 days in advance of the proceedings. Read the Bill »


02/03/2016: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101427D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/2016Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB358-McDougle) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)