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    (a) Time. If a juvenile has been found to be dependent, the Court shall immediately hold a disposition hearing unless there is good cause for continuing the matter.  Pending disposition, the terms and conditions of any current shelter care order will continue in effect unless otherwise ordered by the Court.
    (c) Evidence.
        (1) Agency Reports. The petitioner or supervising agency and CASA shall submit a report regarding a long range plan in accordance with RCW 13.34.120 and .130 clearly stating goals for the next six months. The parent, guardian, or legal custodian may also file a report to aid the court in disposition. In those disposition hearings set before a particular judge, working copies of all reports shall be provided to the judge two judicial days prior to the hearing. Copies shall be served on counsel and parties six judicial days prior to the disposition hearing.  Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, no written response is required.  However, if provided, it shall be served two judicial days prior to the hearing.
        (2) No report shall be submitted to the Court prior to the fact-finding hearing, but shall be served on the parties and counsel as required by this section.
        (3) The Court shall consider the social study and other appropriate pre-dispositional studies and evaluations in addition to information produced at the fact finding and disposition hearings.  Pursuant to ER 1101, the Rules of Evidence need not apply in disposition hearings.
    (d) (Reserved)
    (e) Transferring Legal Custody.  A disposition which orders removal of the juvenile from his or her home shall have the effect of transferring legal custody to the agency or legal custodian charged with the juvenile's care.  The transfer of legal custody shall give the legal custodian the following rights and duties:
        (1) To maintain the physical custody of the juvenile;
        (2) To protect, educate and discipline the juvenile;
        (3) To provide food, clothing, shelter, education as required by law, and routine medical care for a juvenile; and
        (4) To consent to emergency medical care, surgical care, including anesthetics, administration of medications as prescribed by the child's treating physician, and to sign releases of medical information to appropriate authorities, pursuant to law.  Reasonable efforts shall be made by the custodial agency to contact and secure the consent of the child's parents, if they are available, to any emergency medical and surgical care needed by the child.  If the parents disagree with the proposed emergency medical or surgical care, either they or the custodial agency may set an emergency hearing with notice to all parties.
The Court may, in its disposition order, modify the rights and duties granted to the legal custodian as a result of the transfer of legal custody.
    (f) Transfer to New Agency.  In the event of transfer of legal custody to an agency other than the original agency, the newly appointed custodian shall have the same rights and duties as outlined in (f) above, unless modified by the Court.
    (g) Agreed Disposition.  If the parties agree to a disposition plan and order, the proposed order will be submitted to the Court with all reports.  The Court may set the case for a hearing on its own motion with notice to the parties accompanied by a statement of reasons for such setting.
    (h) Contested Dispositional hearing.  In the event parties enter agreed dependency orders and seek to set a contested dispositional hearing, the contested dispositional hearing shall be set on the Contested Motions Calendar in accordance with LJuCR 3.12 provided the matter is not expected to exceed 30 minutes.  If the matter is expected to take longer than 30 minutes, a pretrial hearing order shall be entered identifying the contested issues and setting the matter for judicial assignment.
   (i) Retention of Case.  A judge hearing a dependency proceeding may elect to retain authority over that case for future dependency hearings on the motion of a party or the Court's own motion.  All orders entered in the proceeding shall specify that the case has been retained until such time as it is released by the Court.  All time periods and procedures set forth in these rules and the applicable statutes shall be complied with by the parties and Court.  Hearings and motions shall be set with the retaining Judge's bailiff.  In the event an emergency hearing or motion is necessary and the moving party certifies that the retaining Judge is not available, the moving party shall set the hearing or motion on the designated contested dependency motions calendar in accordance with these rules.

[Amended effective September 1, 1983; January 2, 1994; July 1, 1994; September 1, 2005; June 1, 2009; September 2, 2013; September 1, 2016; September 1, 2021.]