CHC 821     

Art. 821.  Continued custody hearing

A.  At the outset of the continued custody hearing, if not before, the court shall advise the child of his rights to counsel pursuant to Articles 809 and 810.

B.  At the continued custody hearing, the state and the child may produce witnesses, who shall be examined in the presence of the child and shall be subject to cross-examination.  The child may also testify, subject to cross-examination.

C.  Hearsay evidence shall be admissible.

D.  If probable cause has not been demonstrated, the court shall order the child's release.

E.  If probable cause has been demonstrated, the court may release the child.  The court may also require bail or other security pursuant to Articles 823 through 825 if the court finds that such is necessary to secure the child's appearance for subsequent hearings.

F.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Code to the contrary, and due to the expedited nature of these hearings, in a judicial district comprised of more than one parish, a continued custody hearing may be conducted in any parish in the judicial district.

Acts 1991, No. 235, §8, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 1992, No. 705, §1, eff. July 6, 1992; Acts 2008, No. 634, §1.