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Georgia State Code
Title      15
Chapter      11  
Section Navigation     1 ... 10         11 ... 21    
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    39 ... 48           49 ... 64    
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    89 ... 99        100 ... 112   
   113 ... 152       153 ... 176    177     
Section<<< 49 49.1 50 55 56 57 58 62 63 64 >>>  
Title 15, Chapter 11, Section 49 (15-11-49)

(a) If a child is brought before the court or delivered to a detention or shelter care facility designated by the court, the intake or other authorized officer of the court shall immediately make an investigation and release the child unless it appears that the child's detention or shelter care is warranted or required under Code Section 15-11-46.

(b) If a child is so released and the case is to be prosecuted further other than by informal adjustment, a petition under Code Section 15-11-38.1 shall be made and presented to the court within 30 days.

(c)(1) If a child alleged to be delinquent is not so released, an informal detention hearing shall be held promptly and not later than 72 hours after the child is placed in detention or shelter care to determine whether detention or shelter care of the child is required under Code Section 15-11-46, provided that, if the 72 hour time period expires on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the hearing shall be held on the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

(2) If a child alleged to be unruly is not so released, the informal detention hearing shall be held promptly and not later than 72 hours after the child is placed in detention or shelter care as provided in subsection (e) of Code Section 15-11-48.

(3) If a child alleged to be deprived is not so released, the informal detention hearing shall be held promptly and not later than 72 hours after the child is placed in shelter care as provided in subsection (f) of Code Section 15-11-48, provided that, if the 72 hour time period expires on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the hearing shall be held on the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

(4) Reasonable notice of the hearing specified in this subsection, either oral or written, stating the time, place, and purpose of the detention hearing, shall be given to the child and, if they can be found, to the child's parents, guardian, or other custodian. In the event the child's parents, guardian, or other custodian cannot be found, the court shall forthwith appoint a guardian ad litem. Prior to the commencement of the hearing, the court shall inform the parties of their right to counsel and to appointed counsel if they are indigent persons and of the child's right to remain silent with respect to any allegations of delinquency or unruly conduct.

(d) If the child is not so released and a parent, guardian, custodian, or guardian ad litem has not been notified of the hearing and did not appear or waive appearance at the hearing and files the affidavit of such person showing these facts, the court shall rehear the matter without unnecessary delay and shall order the child's release unless it appears from the hearing that the child's detention or shelter care is required under Code Section 15-11-46.

(e) If the child is not so released, a petition under Code Section 15-11-38.1 shall be made and presented to the court within 72 hours of the detention hearing; provided, however, that, if the child not so released is alleged to be a deprived child, a petition under Code Section 15-11-38.1 shall be made and presented to the court within five days of the detention hearing.

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