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Rule 40

Rule 40. Order of presentation.

(a) In all hearings where the allegations of the petitionare in issue, testimony and evidence in support of the allegations shall beelicited by the prosecuting attorney or the attorney for the petitioner. Allother parties shall also have the right to present evidence and testimony. Ifthe allegations or any of them are not controverted or denied, but testimony orevidence appears necessary in the interest of justice, such testimony may beelicited by the court or any party.

(b) The order of presentation of the evidence shall proceedas in other courts of record. Following the presentation of evidence, theparties shall be afforded an opportunity to address the court in summary andfor the purpose of assisting the court in interpreting and construing theevidence.

(c) Findings of fact may be announced at the conclusion ofthe trial or may be reserved for entry by the court at a later time consistentwith Rule 3-104(3)(L) of the Code of Judicial Administration. Following adjudication,the court may proceed immediately to disposition or may continue the case toanother date for disposition hearing.