Section 15-23-71

Plea agreement.

The victim has the right to be present at any proceeding at which a negotiated plea for the person accused of committing the criminal offense against the victim will be presented to the court. The court shall not accept a plea agreement unless:

(1) The prosecuting attorney advises the court that, before requesting the negotiated plea, reasonable efforts were made to confer with the victim.

(2) Reasonable efforts are made to give the victim notice of the plea proceeding, including the offense to which the defendant will plead guilty, the date that the plea will be presented to the court, the terms of any sentence agreed to as part of the negotiated plea, and that the victim has the right to be present.

(3) The prosecuting attorney advises the court that, to the best of his or her knowledge, the notice requirements of this article have been met.

(Acts 1995, No. 95-583, p. 1234, §12.)