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SUBCHAPTERVIII‑A.  RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS AND WITNESSES.

Article 45.

Fair Treatment forCertain Victims and Witnesses.

§ 15A‑824.  Definitions.

As used in this Article,unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

(1)        "Crime"means a felony or serious misdemeanor as determined in the sole discretion ofthe district attorney, except those included in Article 46 of this Chapter, orany act committed by a juvenile that, if committed by a competent adult, wouldconstitute a felony or serious misdemeanor.

(2)        "Familymember" means a spouse, child, parent or legal guardian, or the closestliving relative.

(3)        "Victim"means a person against whom there is probable cause to believe a crime has beencommitted.

(4)        "Witness"means a person who has been or is expected to be summoned to testify for theprosecution in a criminal action concerning a felony, or who by reason ofhaving relevant information is subject to being called or is likely to becalled as a witness for the prosecution in such an action, whether or not anaction or proceeding has been commenced. (1985 (Reg. Sess., 1986), c.998, s. 1; 1989, c. 596, s. 1; 1998‑212, s. 19.4(a), (b).)