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Rule 46. Disposition hearing.

(a) Disposition hearings may be separatefrom the hearing at which the petition is proved or may follow immediatelyafter that portion of the hearing at which the allegations of the petition areproved. Disposition hearings shall be conducted in an informal manner tofacilitate the opportunity for all participants to be heard.

(b) The court may receive anyinformation that is relevant to the disposition of the case including reliablehearsay and opinions. Counsel for the parties are entitled to examineunder oath the person who prepared the pre-disposition report if such person isreasonably available. The parties are entitled to compulsory process for theappearance of any person, including character witnesses, to testify at thehearing. A minor's parent or guardian may address the court regarding thedisposition of the case, and may address other issues with the permission ofthe court.

(c) After the disposition hearing, thecourt shall enter an appropriate order. After announcing its order, the courtshall advise any party who is present and not represented by counsel of theright to appeal the court's decision.

(d) The disposition order made andentered by the court shall be reduced to writing and a copy mailed or furnishedto the minor, and to the parent, guardian or custodian of a child, or counselfor the minor and parent, guardian or custodian, if any, the prosecutingattorney, the guardian ad litem, and any agency or person affected by thecourt's order. The disposition order may be prepared by counsel at thedirection of the court, but shall be reviewed and modified as deemedappropriate by the court prior to the court's acceptance and signing ofsubmission.

(e) Disposition of a petition allegingabuse, neglect, or dependency of a child shall be conducted also in accordancewith Utah Code sections 80-3-402, 80-3-405, and 80-3-406.

Effective September 1, 2021.