2019 Rhode Island General Laws
Title 14 - Delinquent and Dependent Children
Chapter 14-1 Proceedings in Family Court
Section 14-1-7.2 Certification - Proof.
§ 14-1-7.2. Certification - Proof.
(a) Upon a motion by the attorney general pursuant to § 14-1-7, the court shall conduct a hearing at which it shall be the duty of the attorney general to produce evidence to enable the court to determine:
(1) Probable cause exists to believe that the offense charged has been committed and that the child charged has committed it;
(2) The child's past history of offenses, history of treatment, or the heinous or premeditated nature of the offense is such that the court finds that the interests of society or the protection of the public necessitate the certification; and
(3) The jurisdiction of the court but for the exercise of certification is in all likelihood an insufficient period of time in which to accomplish a rehabilitation of the child.
(b) If the court finds that subdivisions (a)(1) - (a)(3) of this section have been proven by a preponderance of evidence, it shall certify the child pursuant to § 14-1-7.3.
(c) Any person sixteen (16) years of age or older who has been found delinquent for having committed two (2) offenses after the age of sixteen (16), which would render that person subject to an indictment if he or she were an adult, shall be certified pursuant to this section. Any findings for offenses which have occurred prior to April 11, 1990, shall be considered in making a determination of eligibility for certification. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a waiver of jurisdiction of any child pursuant to § 14-1-7.1.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1990, ch. 15, § 2; P.L. 1990, ch. 18, § 2.)