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Rule7-302. Social studies.


To develop minimumstandards for social studies for the Juvenile Court.


This rule shall apply to all social studiesprepared for delinquent cases in the Juvenile Courts.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) The probation department or other agencydesignated by the court shall prepare a social study in writing in all cases in which a petition has been filed, except:

(1)(A) traffic,fish and game, boating and parks and recreation cases; and

(1)(B) other minorcases, where the Board by rule has waived preparation of the social study.

(2) The court can direct the probationdepartment to prepare a social study on any matter referred to the court.

(3) The contents of the social study shallinclude the following:

(3)(A) A summary of the minor's priorreferral history, including prior actions taken by the probation department.

(3)(B) A statement of the circumstancessurrounding the matter before the court.

(3)(C) An itemized listing of loss or damagesuffered by the victim with respect to the matter before the court.

(3)(D) An assessment of the minor's attitudetowards the court.

(3)(E) An assessment of the minor's attitudeand values in general.

(3)(F) A statement of the parents' attitudeand what corrective action, if any, they took with respect to the minor'sconduct and actions which brought the minor before the court.

(3)(G) A statement of the minor's academicperformance and behavior in school and a statement of the minor's employment historyif applicable.

(3)(H) A record of any contacts the familyhas had with other agencies.

(3)(I) A list ofstrengths and weaknesses of the minor as perceived by the minor and theparents. A list of strengths and weaknesses of the parents asthey perceive them.

(3)(J) A statement of any physical oremotional problems the minor may have that could affect behavior.

(3)(K) A dispositional recommendation basedupon the information gathered.

(4) All information contained in the socialstudy should be verified whenever possible. Individuals providing informationfor the report should be identified and any opinions or unverified informationshould be identified as such.

(5) No social information shall be gatheredon a minor if the minor denies the allegations during the preliminary inquiryunless the minor and parent/guardian or custodian givetheir written consent for the information to be gathered.

(6) No social information shall be providedto the court before the minor's case is adjudicated.

(7) Once the social study is prepared, itshall be placed in the minor's social file where it shall remain.

(8) If a minor moves to another judicialdistrict, the social file shall be forwarded to the new district of residence.