The Florida Supreme Court has approved a new procedural rule to implement the Marsy’s Law constitutional amendment as it pertains to victims’ rights to be heard in criminal appeals.

New Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.143 was approved by the court January 6 with some modifications from the proposal filed by The Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee.

The new subdivision (a) (Victim) defines “victim” for the purposes of the rule as set forth in article 1, section 16(e) of the Florida Constitution.