(1)Any person may file a petition in the juvenile court alleging that a child named therein is within the jurisdiction of the court under ORS 419B.100 (Jurisdiction).
(2)The petition and all subsequent court documents in the proceeding must be entitled “In the matter of _____, a child.” The petition must be in writing, signed by the petitioner or the petitioner’s attorney and verified.
(3)When the petition is filed by a peace officer, district attorney, attorney general, juvenile department counselor, employee of the Department of Human Services or employee of the Oregon Youth Authority, the petition may be verified upon the information and belief of the petitioner. In all other cases, the petition must be based on the personal knowledge of the petitioner.
(4)The petition alleging jurisdiction must set forth in ordinary and concise language such of the following facts as are known and indicate any that are not known. The petition shall:
(a)Contain the name, age and residence of the child.
(b)Contain the facts that bring the child within the jurisdiction of the court, including sufficient information to put the parties on notice of the issues in the proceeding.
(c)Contain the name and residence of the child’s parent and, in cases under ORS 419B.100 (Jurisdiction), the names of persons with whom, and the places where, the child has resided for the previous five years.
(d)Indicate whether there is a proceeding involving the custody of the child pending in any court.
(e)Indicate whether a person other than a parent has or claims to have physical custody of the child and, if so, the name and residence of the person having physical custody of the child.
(f)Indicate whether the petitioner has participated in any capacity in any other proceeding concerning the custody of or parenting time or visitation with the child and, if so, the court, case number and date of any child custody determination.
(g)Indicate whether the petitioner knows of any proceeding that could affect the current proceeding and, if so, the court, case number and date of the proceeding.
(5)At any time after a petition is filed, the court may make an order providing for temporary custody of the child.
(6)The court, on motion of an interested party or on its own motion, may at any time direct that the petition be amended. If the amendment results in a substantial departure from the facts originally alleged, the court shall grant such continuance as the interests of justice may require.
(7)Prior to an adjudicatory hearing on the petition, the court may dismiss the petition provided that every party has had an opportunity to investigate and present a case supporting the petition or has waived the opportunity to investigate and the right to present a case. At or after an adjudicatory hearing, the court may dismiss the petition at any other stage of the proceedings.
(8)The petition for jurisdiction must be in substantially the following form.
[2001 c.622 §4]
Section 419B.809 — Petition; contents; form; dismissal,