IN THE INTEREST OF J. F., a child.
Dillard, Chief Judge.
appeals from the juvenile court's denial of his motion to
dismiss the State's case against him with prejudice for
failure to comply with OCGA § 15-11-521 (b). He argues
that because the State failed to file a delinquency petition
within 30 days after his release from detention and neglected
to seek an extension of time to file same, the juvenile court
was required to dismiss the State's case with prejudice.
We originally certified the question presented in this case
to the Supreme Court of Georgia, which had granted certiorari
in two other cases on this very issue. But while this
case was pending, the issue was decided and the question
answered by those other cases, and our Supreme Court declined
to answer the question certified. This case now returns to
this Court and, the answer being controlled by the Supreme
Court's decision in In the Interest of M. D. H.,
affirm the juvenile court's ruling.
undisputed facts show that J. F. was detained on January 30,
2015, and charged with robbery by sudden snatching and
aggravated assault. The juvenile court released him from
custody following a February 2, 2015 detention hearing. But
then, on March 16, 2015, J. F. moved to dismiss the case with
prejudice due to the State's failure to file a
delinquency petition. On March 17, 2015, acknowledging that
no delinquency petition had been filed within 30 days of J.
F.'s release from custody as required by OCGA §
15-11-521 (b), the State simultaneously administratively
dismissed the complaint and filed a new complaint identical
to the one it had just dismissed. Then, the State filed a
delinquency petition within 30 days of the new complaint.
March 25, 2015 hearing on J. F.'s motion to dismiss, the
assistant district attorney explained that no delinquency
petition had been timely filed within 30 days of J. F.'s
release because, in the course of implementing a new
organizational system within her office, J. F.'s case had
been overlooked. The assistant district attorney further
informed the court that (1) her office's procedure was to
administratively dismiss and then re-file complaints when the
original time limit was missed, and (2) a motion for an
extension of time had not been filed because she thought such
a motion "would just be a waste of the court's
time." Ultimately, the juvenile court denied J. F.'s
motion to dismiss with prejudice, and this interlocutory
again, J. F. argues that the State failed to comply with OCGA
§ 15-11-521 when it did not file a delinquency
petition within 30 days after his release from detention and
neglected to seek an extension of time to file same and,
thus, that the juvenile court was required to dismiss the
State's case with prejudice. But the Supreme Court of
Georgia has determined that "if the State fails to file
a delinquency petition within the required 30 days or to seek
and receive an extension of that deadline, the case must be
dismissed without prejudice." Accordingly, J.
F.'s contention is without merit, and we affirm.
Barnes, P J, Miller, P J, Ellington, P J, McFadden, P J,
Doyle, P J, Andrews, Ray, Branch, McMillian, Rickman,
Mercier, Reese, Self and Bethel, JJ, concur.
 See In the Interest of J. F.,
338 Ga.App. 15 (789 S.E.2d 274) (2016) (certifying question
to Supreme Court of Georgia as to whether "OCGA §
15-11-521 (b) require[s] dismissal with prejudice when the
State neither files a petition alleging delinquency within
the applicable 30-day period nor seeks an extension of time
in which to file such petition").
 See In the Interest of J. F.,
300 Ga. 740, 741 (797 S.E.2d 921) (2017) ("Because the
answer to the certified question submitted by the Court of
Appeals now may be found in the decision of this Court in
another case, we will not again undertake to consider the
question submitted." (punctuation omitted)).
 300 Ga. 46 (793 S.E.2d 49) (2016);
see also In the Interest of J. F., 300 Ga. at 741
(noting that the certified question had since been answered
in In the Interest of M. D. H.).
 See OCGA § 15-11-521 (b)
(providing that "[i]f a child is not in detention prior
to adjudication, a petition alleging delinquency shall be
filed within 30 days of the filing of the complaint alleging
violation of a criminal law or within 30 days of such
child's release pursuant to a determination that
detention is not warranted. Upon a showing of good cause and
notice to all parties, the court may grant an extension of
time for filing a petition alleging delinquency. The court
shall issue a written order reciting the facts justifying any
In the Interest of M. D. H.,
300 Ga. at 46-47; accord In the Interest of J. F.,