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§ 99-19-155. Definitions.

For the purposes of Sections 99-19-151 through 99-19-161, the following words shall have the meanings ascribed herein, unless the context otherwise requires: 

(a) "Victim" means an individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, emotional or financial harm as the result of the commission of a felony or an immediate family member of a minor victim or a homicide victim. 

(b) "Victim impact statement" means a statement providing information about the financial, emotional and physical effects of the crime on the victim and the victim's family, and specific information about the victim, the circumstances surrounding the crime and the manner in which it was perpetrated. 

(c) "Victim representative" means a spouse, parent, child, sibling or other relative of a deceased or incapacitated victim or of a victim who is under fourteen (14) years of age, or a person who has had a close personal relationship with the victim and is designated by the court to be a victim representative. 

Sources: Laws,  1987, ch. 433, § 3, eff from and after July 1, 1987.