Substitute House Bill No. 5903

Public Act No. 00-80

An Act Concerning The Statute Of Limitations For Prosecution Of Sexual Assault And For Requesting A New Trial.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 54-193 and 54-193a of the general statutes, a person may be prosecuted for a violation of section 53a-70, 53a-70a, 53a-70b, 53a-71, 53a-72a or 53a-72b of the general statutes not later than twenty years from the date of the commission of the offense, provided (1) the victim notified any police officer or state's attorney acting in such police officer's or state's attorney's official capacity of the commission of the offense not later than five years after the commission of the offense, and (2) the identity of the person who allegedly committed the offense has been established through a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) profile comparison using evidence collected at the time of the commission of the offense.

Sec. 2. Section 52-582 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

No petition for a new trial in any civil or criminal proceeding shall be brought but within three years next after the rendition of the judgment or decree complained of, except that a petition based on DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) evidence that was not discoverable or available at the time of the original trial may be brought at any time after the discovery or availability of such new evidence.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage and shall be applicable to any offense committed prior to, on or after said date.

Approved May 16, 2000