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Rule 44. Findings and conclusions.

(a) If, upon the conclusion of an adjudicatory hearing, the courtdetermines that the material allegations of the petition are established, itshall announce its ruling. The findings of fact upon which it bases its determinationmay also be announced or reserved for entry by the court in an order asprovided in these Rules. In cases concerning any minor who has violated anyfederal, state, or local law or municipal ordinance, or any person under 21years of age who has violated any such law or ordinance before becoming 18years of age, findings of fact shall not be necessary. If, after such adetermination, the dispositional hearing is not held immediately and the minoris in detention or shelter care, the court shall determine whether the minorshall be released or continued in detention, shelter care or the leastrestrictive alternative available.

(b)In proceedings under Utah Code sections 80-6-402, 80-6-503, and 80-6-504, andin abuse, neglect, dependency, termination of parental rights, and contestedadoption cases, the court shall enter findings offact and conclusions of law with specific reference to each statutoryrequirement considered, setting forth the complete basis for its determination.Such findings and conclusions may be prepared by counsel at the direction ofthe court, but shall be reviewed and modified as deemed appropriate by thecourt prior to the court's acceptance and signing of the documents submitted bycounsel.

(c) The court may at any time during or at the conclusion of anyhearing, dismiss a petition and terminate the proceedings relating to the minorif such action is in the interest of justice and the welfare of theminor. The court shall dismiss any petition which has not been proven.

(d) After the dispositional hearing, the court shall enter anappropriate order or decree of disposition.

(e) Adjudication of a petition alleging abuse, neglect, ordependency of a child shall be conducted also in accordance with Utah Code sections? 80-3-201 and 80-3-401.

(f) Adjudication of a petition to review the removal of a childfrom foster care shall be conducted also in accordance with Utah Code section 80-3-502.

EffectiveNovember 18, 2021.