Subdivision 1. Who may file; required form.
Any reputable person, including but not
limited to any agent of the commissioner of human services, having knowledge of a child in this
state or of a child who is a resident of this state, who appears to be delinquent, may petition the
juvenile court in the manner provided in this section.
Subd. 2. Verification of petition.
The petition shall be verified by the person having
knowledge of the facts and may be on information and belief. Unless otherwise provided by this
section or by rule or order of the court, the county attorney shall draft the petition upon the
showing of reasonable grounds to support the petition.
Subd. 3. Form of petition.
The petition and all subsequent court documents shall be entitled
substantially as follows:
"Juvenile Court, County of .................
In the matter of the welfare of ..........."
The petition shall set forth plainly:
(a) The facts which bring the child within the jurisdiction of the court;
(b) The name, date of birth, residence, and post office address of the child;
(c) The names, residences, and post office addresses of the child's parents;
(d) The name, residence, and post office address of the child's guardian if there is one, of the
person having custody or control of the child, and of the nearest known relative if no parent or
guardian can be found; and
(e) The spouse of the child, if there is one. If any of the facts required by the petition are not
known or cannot be ascertained by the petitioner, the petition shall so state.
Subd. 4. Delinquency petition; extended jurisdiction juvenile.
When a prosecutor files
a delinquency petition alleging that a child committed a felony offense for which there is a
presumptive commitment to prison according to the Sentencing Guidelines and applicable statutes
or in which the child used a firearm, after reaching the age of 16 years, the prosecutor shall
indicate in the petition whether the prosecutor designates the proceeding an extended jurisdiction
juvenile prosecution. When a prosecutor files a delinquency petition alleging that a child aged
14 to 17 years committed a felony offense, the prosecutor may request that the court designate
the proceeding an extended jurisdiction juvenile prosecution.
Subd. 5. Concurrent jurisdiction.
When a petition is filed alleging that a child has engaged
in prostitution as defined in section
609.321, subdivision 9
, the county attorney shall determine
whether concurrent jurisdiction is necessary to provide appropriate intervention and, if so, proceed
to file a petition alleging the child to be both delinquent and in need of protection or services.
History: 1999 c 139 art 2 s 13