45.0345 Disposition hearing.

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(a) After making an order of adjudication, the Court hears evidence on the question of the proper disposition best serving the interests of the child and the public. The evidence includes, but is not limited to, the social study and other reports under 45.0130.

(b) The Court may have the child examined by a physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist, and the Court may place the child in a suitable facility for this purpose.

(c) (1) The Court may continue the dispositional hearing, either on its own motion or on the motion of any interested party, for a reasonable period to receive reports or other evidence, but the Court shall continue the hearing for good cause on the motion of any interested party in any case where the termination of parental rights is a possible remedy.

(2) If the hearing is continued, the Court shall make an appropriate order for detention of the child or for his release into the custody of his parents, guardian, or other responsible person or agency under conditions of supervision as the Court may impose during the continuance.

(3) In scheduling investigations and hearings, the Court gives priority to proceedings concerning a child who is in detention or who has otherwise been removed from his home before an order of disposition has been made.

History: 1980, PL 16-71 § 1.

Research Guide: CRS 19-3-109.