13-27-20. Complaints against persons responsible for truancy--Contents of complaint--Verification--Dismissal.

Each truancy officer shall make and file truancy complaints for children who are enrolled in the school district. Any teacher, school officer, or citizen may make and file a truancy complaint, before a circuit court judge, against any person having control of a child of compulsory school age who is not being provided with alternative instruction or attending school or whose attendance at school is irregular. The complaint must state the name of the parent, guardian, or person responsible for the control of the child. The complaint must be verified by oath upon belief of the complainant. A truancy complaint that, together with any accompanying affidavit, does not establish probable cause must be dismissed upon motion of the defendant to the circuit court judge.

Source: SDC 1939, § 15.3206; SL 1955, ch 41, ch 15, § 6; SL 1975, ch 128, § 178; SL 1982, ch 142, § 9; SL 1993, ch 213, § 84; SL 2021, ch 76, § 14; SL 2023, ch 56, § 1.