2A:33-5. Distraint for levying of penalty inflicted or money directed to be paid by law; warrant and sale by judge or magistrate
Where any judge or magistrate is required or authorized to issue a warrant of distress for the levying of a penalty inflicted, or sum of money directed to be paid by any law, and no mode is provided for the disposal of the distress, the judge or magistrate may order the chattels, to be so distrained, sold and disposed of within the time to be limited in the warrant, which time shall not be less than 4 nor more than 10 days, unless the penalty or sum of money, together with reasonable charges, to be taxed by the judge or magistrate, of taking and keeping the distress, be sooner paid.
Reasonable charges of taking, keeping and selling the distress, to be taxed as aforesaid, shall be deducted by the officer making the distress out of moneys arising from the sale, and the overplus, if any, after such charges, and also said penalty or sum of money shall be satisfied and paid, shall be returned on demand to the owner of the chattels so distrained. The officer executing the warrant shall show the same to the person whose chattels are distrained, and give him a copy thereof.
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