Section 12-15-214

Ordering and preparation of study and written report concerning child; ordering, conduct, and certification of findings of physical or mental examination of child prior to hearing on petition generally; examination of parent, legal guardian, or legal custodian after hearing where ability to care for or supervise child in issue.

The juvenile court may direct that a juvenile probation officer conduct a study and submit a written report to the juvenile court with recommendations concerning a child, his or her family, his or her environment, and other matters relevant to the need for treatment or disposition of the case. The recommendations may indicate that the child needs further mental health evaluation, especially, in some cases, for the purpose of determining whether the child is competent to stand trial. The recommendations may also include a request that the juvenile court proceed pursuant to Section 12-15-130.

(Acts 1975, No. 1205, p. 2384, §5-127; §12-15-69; amended and renumbered by Act 2008-277, p. 441, §14.)