North Carolina General Statutes § 143B-831 Duties and powers of juvenile court counselors

As the court or the chief court counselor may direct or require, all juvenile court counselors shall have the following powers and duties:

(1)        Secure or arrange for any information concerning a case that the court may require before, during, or after the hearing.

(2)        Prepare written reports for the use of the court.

(3)        Appear and testify at court hearings.

(4)        Assume custody of a juvenile as authorized by G.S. 7B-1900, or when directed by court order.

(5)        Furnish each juvenile on probation or protective supervision and that juvenile's parents, guardian, or custodian with a written statement of the juvenile's conditions of probation or protective supervision, and consult with the juvenile's parents, guardian, or custodian so that they may help the juvenile comply with the conditions.

(6)        Keep informed concerning the conduct and progress of any juvenile on probation or under protective supervision through home visits or conferences with the parents or guardian and in other ways.

(7)        See that the juvenile complies with the conditions of probation or bring to the attention of the court any juvenile who violates the juvenile's probation.

(8)        Make periodic reports to the court concerning the adjustment of any juvenile on probation or under court supervision.

(9)        Keep any records of the juvenile's work as the court may require.

(10)      Account for all funds collected from juveniles.

(11)      Serve necessary court documents pertaining to delinquent and undisciplined juvenile matters.

(12)      Assume custody of juveniles under the jurisdiction of the court when necessary for the protection of the public or the juvenile, and when necessary to carry out the responsibilities of juvenile court counselors under this section and under Chapter 7B of the General Statutes.

(13)      Use reasonable force and restraint necessary to secure custody assumed under subdivision (12) of this section.

(14)      Provide supervision for a juvenile transferred to the counselor's supervision from another court or another state, and provide supervision for any juvenile released from an institution operated by the Division when requested by the Division to do so.

(15)      Assist in the implementation of any order entered pursuant to G.S. 5A-32 as directed by a judicial official exercising jurisdiction under that section.

(16)      Assist in the development of post-release supervision and the supervision of juveniles.

(17)      Screen and evaluate a complaint alleging that a juvenile is delinquent or undisciplined to determine whether the complaint should be filed as a petition.

(18)      Have any other duties as the court may direct.

(19)      Have any other duties as the Division may direct.  (1998-202, ss. 1(b), 2(d), 2(e), 2(f); 1998-217, s. 57(3); 2000-137, s. 1(b); 2001-490, s. 2.41; 2007-168, s. 7; 2011-145, s. 19.1(l), (t).)

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