Florida is one of thirty-two states that have amended their constitutions to include rights for crime victims.
The state legislature passed the amendment during the 1987 legislative session, which was ratified by 90% of the voters during the 1988 November General Election.
The amendment reads as follows:
ARTICLE I, SECTION 16.
RIGHTS OF ACCUSED AND OF VICTIMS.
(a) [pertains to rights of the accused]
(b) Victims of crime or their lawful representatives, including the next of kin of homicide victims, are entitled to the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant, at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.