(a) At the commencement of the initialpre-trial hearing, if the parent, guardian or custodian appears pro se, thecourt shall advise the parent, guardian or custodian of the right to theassistance of counsel at all stages of the proceeding including the right toapply to the court for the appointment of counsel if indigent. If appointmentof counsel is requested, the court may proceed to examine the parent, guardianor custodian concerning eligibility for appointed counsel or the court maycontinue the pre-trial hearing and require the parent, guardian or custodian tofile an affidavit or other evidence as deemed appropriate by the court for adetermination as to eligibility for appointed counsel.
(b) If the parent, guardian or custodianwaives the right to counsel and elects to proceed prose, the court shall explain the nature of the action sought by the petitioner.
(c) Pursuant to Section 78A-6-902, the courtshall appoint a guardian ad litem to represent any child named in a petitionalleging child abuse, child sexual abuse, neglect, or dependency which resultsin a judicial proceeding.
(d) The court in its discretion or uponmotion of a party may schedule further pre-trial hearings or conferences as maybe necessary to expedite adjudication or disposition, consider discoveryissues, formulate or simplify trial issues or facilitate possible settlementnegotiations.