N.J.S.A 2A:34-89 Role of prosecutor or other appropriate public official.

2A:34-89 Role of prosecutor or other appropriate public official.

37. Role of Prosecutor or Other Appropriate Public Official.

a. In a case arising under this act or involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, the prosecutor or other appropriate public official may take any lawful action, including resort to a proceeding under this article or any other available civil proceeding to locate a child, obtain the return of a child, or enforce a child custody determination if there is:

(1) an existing child custody determination;

(2) a request from a court in a pending child custody case;

(3) a reasonable belief that a criminal statute has been violated; or

(4) a reasonable belief that the child has been wrongfully removed or retained in violation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

b. A prosecutor or other appropriate public official acts on behalf of the court and may not represent any party to a child custody determination.

L.2004,C. 147,S.37.

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