Preliminary Inquiry

Rule 112.01 a requires that information that could bring a juvenile within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court be referred to the juvenile officer.  The referral must include the name and address of the informant, shall be in writing and unless impracticable shall be signed by the informant.

The juvenile officer is required to make a preliminary inquiry and if it appears that the juvenile is within the jurisdiction of the court the juvenile officer must either:

(1) make informal adjustment of the matter under Rule 113 or

(2) file a petition pursuant to Rule 114.

If it does not appear that the juvenile is within the jurisdiction of the court, the juvenile officer, if practicable, shall so notify the informant.  The informant may then bring the matter directly to the attention of the judge of the court in writing.  If it appears to the judge that the information could bring the juvenile within the jurisdiction of the court, the judge may order the juvenile officer to take further action including making a further preliminary inquiry, making informal adjustment or filing a petition.  Rule 112.01c.