TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Mike Hagburg
DATE: January 12, 2017
RE: Rule 4, N.D.R.Juv.P., Interested Persons
N.D. Const. art. I, § 25 gives victims rights to participate in the judicial process in a wide variety of ways, including in juvenile matters.
Juvenile proceedings are generally closed to the public. Proposed amendments to Rule 4 would include victims on the list of persons allowed to participate in a juvenile matter. The amendments would limit victim participation to delinquency cases because the other types of juvenile cases do not have the type of victim defined under N.D. Const. art. I, § 25.
The proposed amendments are attached.