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CR-2017-022-SC

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA, SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FLAGLER, PUTNAM, ST. JOHNS AND VOLUSIA COUNTIES

Re: Limits on Interviews of Underage or Intellectually Disabled Victims of Abuse

Ref: CR-2017-022-SC

WHEREAS, § 914.16, Florida Statutes, requires the chief judge of each circuit, after consultation with appropriate officials, to provide for limits on the number of interviews that victims of certain crimes who are under the age of sixteen, or who are mentally retarded, must submit to for law enforcement or discovery purposes;

NOW THEREFORE, I, TERENCE R. PERKINS, Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, hereby order and direct as follows:

  1. All law enforcement agencies within the Seventh Judicial Circuit (Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties) shall, whenever possible, coordinate and consolidate the initial interviews of victims of violations of §§ 794.011, 800.04, 827.03, or 847.0135(5), Florida Statutes, who is under the age of sixteen, or victims of violations of §§ 794.011, 800.02, 800.03, or 825.102, Florida Statutes, who are mentally retarded, and whenever possible, shall record said interviews by audio and/or video;
  2. All subsequent interviews are limited to a maximum of two, unless permission is granted by the presiding judge for good cause shown, and all subsequent interviews shall be recorded by audio and/or video;
  3. The Department of Children and Families, other child protective agencies and their respective employees, agents, or contract providers, shall limit their interviews of said victims to a maximum of three, without further court order, and shall record said interviews by audio and/or video;
  4. Discovery depositions shall be coordinated by all interested parties, where there are pending juvenile, civil, or criminal cases involving the same victim, in order to prevent repetition through multiple depositions; and
  5. Nothing in this order limits a judge in a specific case from considering further limitations upon application of any interested party pursuant to the provisions of §§ 92.53, 92.54 and 92.55, Florida Statutes.

TO BE RECORDED in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

DONE AND ORDERED in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida this 30th day of June 2017.

/s/ Terence R. Perkins
Terence R. Perkins
Chief Judge

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