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3rd District Juvenile Court - Intake

Criteria for Assigning Cases to Intake

  • Cases meeting Assessment and Diversion criteria but deemed "high risk" by staff, which have been screened by a supervisor.
  • All drug offenses.
  • All second episodes of alcohol.
  • All third episodes of assault.
  • All fourth misdemeanor episodes.
  • All D.U.I. and reckless driving charges.
  • All Class A misdemeanor and felony offenses.
  • All Obstruction of Justice charges.
  • All cases which have had an adjudicated episode of felony delinquency.
  • All continuing jurisdiction cases, including reviews and pending charges.
  • All cases where restitution exceeds $250.00 (regardless of the number of youth involved).
  • Any case with past due fines or fees resulting from involvement with another division will be forwarded to that division.
  • All cases where the charge is denied at Assessment and Diversion.
  • All cases where the non-judicial agreement is not completed with Assessment and Diversion.

Intake Process

If a youth does not qualify for the Assessment and Diversion Program (case is deemed "high risk", charge is denied, non-judicial agreement is not completed, etc.) then the youth is referred to the intake department. Intake probation officers review the charge and conduct a preliminary inquiry, which is a meeting with the youth and their guardian to determine if further court action is necessary. During the preliminary inquiry, the intake probation officer will also gather a social history of the youth and family and complete the Pre-Screen Risk Assessment (PSRA), a computer-based tool used to determine an individual youth's risk to re-offend. If there is probable cause, the charge is either closed out non-judicially (see non-judicial closure) or petitioned for a hearing before a commissioner or a judge. If the matter is petitioned, the probation officer prepares a report which contains a social history of the referred youth and makes recommendations to the judge or commissioner. If adjudicated, the youth at highest risk to re-offend in the future will get the most services.

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.


Page Last Modified: 3/14/2018
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