Rule 3.923 Miscellaneous Procedures

(A) Additional Evidence. If at any time the court believes that the evidence has not been fully developed, it may:

(1) examine a witness,

(2) call a witness, or

(3) adjourn the matter before the court, and

(a) cause service of process on additional witnesses, or

(b) order production of other evidence.

(B) Examination or Evaluation. The court may order that a minor or a parent, guardian, or legal custodian be examined or evaluated by a physician, dentist, psychologist, or psychiatrist.

(C) Fingerprinting and Photographing. A juvenile must be fingerprinted when required by law. The court may permit fingerprinting or photographing, or both, of a minor concerning whom a petition has been filed. Fingerprints and photographs must be placed in the confidential files, capable of being located and destroyed on court order.

(D) Lineup. If a complaint or petition is filed against a juvenile alleging violation of a criminal law or ordinance, the court may, at the request of the prosecuting attorney, order the juvenile to appear at a place and time designated by the court for identification by another person, including a corporeal lineup pursuant to MCL 712A.32. If the court orders the juvenile to appear for such an identification procedure, the court must notify the juvenile and the juvenile's parent, guardian or legal custodian that the juvenile has the right to consult with an attorney and have an attorney present during the identification procedure and that if the juvenile and the juvenile's parent, guardian or legal custodian cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney for the juvenile if requested on the record or in writing by the juvenile or the juvenile's parent, guardian or legal custodian.

(E) Electronic Equipment; Support Person. The court may allow the use of closed-circuit television, speaker telephone, or other similar electronic equipment to facilitate hearings or to protect the parties. The court may allow the use of videotaped statements and depositions, anatomical dolls, or support persons, and may take other measures to protect the child witness as authorized by MCL 712A.17b.

(F) Impartial Questioner. The court may appoint an impartial person to address questions to a child witness at a hearing as the court directs.

(G) Adjournments. Adjournments of trials or hearings in child protective proceedings should be granted only

(1) for good cause,

(2) after taking into consideration the best interests of the child, and

(3) for as short a period of time as necessary.