2022 Georgia Code
Title 15 - Courts
Chapter 11 - Juvenile Code
Article 6 - Delinquency
Part 12 - Disposition
§ 15-11-607. Duration of Disposition Orders

Universal Citation: GA Code § 15-11-607 (2022)
  1. Except as otherwise provided in Code Section 15-11-602, an order of disposition committing a child adjudicated for a delinquent act to DJJ shall continue in force for two years or until such child is sooner discharged by DJJ. The court which made the order may extend its duration for a period not to exceed two years subject to like discharge, if:
    1. A hearing is held upon DJJ’s motion prior to the expiration of the order;
    2. Reasonable notice of the factual basis of the motion and of the hearing and an opportunity to be heard are given to such child and his or her parent, guardian, or legal custodian; and
    3. The court finds that the extension is necessary for the treatment or rehabilitation of such child.
  2. Any other order of disposition except an order of restitution as allowed by paragraph (7) or (8) of subsection (a) of Code Section 15-11-601 shall continue in force for not more than two years. An order of extension may be made if:
    1. A hearing is held prior to the expiration of the order on the court’s own motion or upon motion of DJJ or the prosecuting attorney;
    2. Reasonable notice of the factual basis of the motion and of the hearing and opportunity to be heard are given to the parties affected;
    3. The court finds that the extension is necessary to accomplish the purposes of the order extended; and
    4. The extension does not exceed two years from the expiration of the prior order.
  3. The court may terminate an order of disposition or an extension of such a disposition order prior to its expiration, on its own motion or an application of a party, if it appears to the court that the purposes of the order have been accomplished.
  4. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Code Section 15-11-601 and Code Section 17-14-5, when a child reaches 21 years of age, all orders affecting him or her then in force terminate and he or she is discharged from further obligation or control.

History. Code 1981, § 15-11-607 , enacted by Ga. L. 2013, p. 294, § 1-1/HB 242.

Cross references.

Motion for extension of Juvenile Court order, Uniform Rules for the Juvenile Courts of Georgia, Rule 4.5.

Time limitations upon other orders of disposition in Juvenile Court proceedings, Uniform Rules for the Juvenile Courts of Georgia, Rule 15.3.

Law reviews.

For article, “An Outline of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction with Focus on Child Custody,” see 10 Ga. St. B.J. 275 (1973).

For article surveying developments in Georgia juvenile court practice and procedure from mid-1980 through mid-1981, see 33 Mercer L. Rev. 167 (1981).

For annual survey of law on appellate practice and procedure, see 62 Mercer L. Rev. 25 (2010).

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