The first requirement for an adjudication hearing is that a petition be filed alleging that the juvenile committed a delinquent act. If the juvenile is detained, the adjudicatory hearing
must be held within ten days of the filing of the petition.
During an adjudicatory hearing, the court will hear evidence on the petition, alleging the juvenile committed a delinquent act, or accept an admission to the facts of the case. The court conducts adjudicatory hearings without a jury.
Within seven days of hearing the evidence on the petition or accepting an admission, the court must enter a finding specifying which, if any, offenses were committed by the juvenile.