Title 33: Human Services
Chapter 52: DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS
Sub-Chapter 02: Petition, Merits, And Disposition
33 V.S.A. § 5222. Petition; contents
§ 5222. Petition; contents
(a) The petition shall be supported by an affidavit as to probable cause. The petition shall contain the following:
(1) A concise statement of the facts which support the conclusion that the child has committed a delinquent act, together with a statement that it is in the best interests of the child that the proceedings be brought.
(2) The name, date of birth, telephone number, and residence address, if known, of the child and the custodial and noncustodial parents or the guardian or custodian of the child, if other than parent. If a parent is a participant in the Safe At Home Program pursuant to 15 V.S.A. § 1152, the petition shall so specify.
(b) If a temporary care order has been issued or the State is requesting that custody be transferred to the Commissioner, the petition shall contain jurisdictional information as required by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, 15 V.S.A. § 1032 et seq.
(c) A petition alleging a delinquent act may not be amended to allege that a child is in need of care or supervision, and a child who has been adjudged a delinquent child as a result of a delinquency petition may not be subsequently adjudged a child in need of care or supervision, unless a separate petition alleging that the child is in need of care or supervision is filed. (Added 2007, No. 185 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.)