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Preliminary Inquiry

After a referral is assigned, the probation officer shall review the charge and schedule a preliminary inquiry within fourteen (14) calendar days of receipt. During the interview, the probation officer will verify information on court records. The minor's age will be verified to insure jurisdiction. The probation officer will advise the family of the following:

a) The preliminary inquiry interview shall only be held if there is a parent or guardian present with the minor.

b) The probation officer has no judicial authority and the preliminary inquiry interview is not a court hearing.

c) The purpose of the preliminary inquiry is to determine whether further action is necessary and whether the matter may be closed without the filing of a petition.

d) The interview is voluntary and may be terminated at anytime at the request of the minor, the parent(s), guardian(s), or the custodian(s).

e) The minor may obtain an attorney for the preliminary inquiry process.

f) The minor must be informed of the alleged offense and that the age of the minor gives the court jurisdiction.

g) Information discussed during the preliminary inquiry cannot be used during the adjudication, but may be used for dispositional purposes.

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: 2/25/2009
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