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§ 3-816. Case studies

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCourts and Judicial Proceedings

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Courts and Judicial Proceedings
Title 3. Courts of General Jurisdiction--Jurisdiction/Special Causes of Action (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 8. Juvenile Causes--Children in Need of Assistance (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, § 3-816
§ 3-816. Case studies
Studies by local department or other qualified agency
(a) After a petition is filed under this subtitle, the court may order the local department or another qualified agency to make or arrange for a study concerning the child, the child's family, the child's environment, and other matters relevant to the disposition of the case.
Examinations of child, parent, guardian, or custodian
(b)(1) As part of a study under this section, the court may order that the child or any parent, guardian, or custodian be examined at a suitable place by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other professionally qualified person.
(2)(i) The court may not order an inpatient evaluation unless, after a hearing, the court finds that an inpatient evaluation is necessary and there are no less restrictive means to obtain an evaluation.
(ii) Placement in an inpatient facility may not exceed 21 days unless the court finds good cause.
Report of study admissible at disposition hearing
(c)(1) The report of a study under this section is admissible as evidence at a disposition hearing but not at an adjudicatory hearing.
(2) The attorney for each party has the right to receive the report at least 5 days before its presentation to the court, to challenge or impeach its findings and to present appropriate evidence with respect to it.
(3) The time requirement specified in paragraph (2) of this subsection does not apply to an emergency dispositional review hearing held in accordance with § 3-820 of this subtitle.


Added by Acts 2001, c. 415, § 3, eff. Oct. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 151, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002.
MD Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, § 3-816, MD CTS & JUD PRO § 3-816
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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