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Rule 94. Summons

(a) Issuance. If it appears upon the complaint that there is probable cause to believe that a child is within the jurisdiction of the juvenile and domestic relations division of the court, a summons shall issue to the child and his or her parents or guardians or person standing in loco parentis.

(b) Form. The summons shall set forth the name of the child and the name of the parents, guardian or custodian of the child and shall contain a brief statement of the facts which are alleged in the complaint to bring the child within the jurisdiction of the court. It shall command the child and his parents, guardian, or custodian to appear before the court at a stated time and place, or to deliver the child to the place of detention designated therein. It shall be signed by the judge, or, if authorized by him, by the clerk of the court.

(c) Service and return.

(1) By whom. The summons shall be executed by any peace officer or other person, or in any other manner authorized by law.

(2) Territorial limits. The summons may be served at any place within the territory.

(3) Service. The summons shall be served by delivering a copy to the parents or either of them, guardian or custodian of the child, or by leaving it at their place of abode with some person of the family over the age of 14 years, residing therein, or by mailing it to the last known address.

(4) Return. On or before the return date, a person to whom a summons was delivered for service shall make return thereof to the court before which the summons is returnable.--Amended Oct. 14, 1994, eff. Nov. 16, 1994.

Explanatory Notes

Change of name of juvenile and domestic relations division. Act Sept. 24, 1983, No. 4855, ' 1, Sess. L. 1983, p. 138, repealed former Chapter 11 of Title 4 of the Virgin Islands Code, which established the juvenile and domestic relations division, and added a new Chapter 11, relating to the family division.

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