N.J.S.A 17:31-11 Temporary suspension, fines, restoration.

17:31-11 Temporary suspension, fines, restoration.

2. a. Upon receipt of a certification from the Clerk of the Superior Court stating that a bail agent or agency has failed to provide full, accurate and truthful information to the Clerk of the Superior Court as required by section 4 of this act, or has failed to satisfy a judgment or judgments for forfeited bail, the commissioner shall notify the bail agent or agency that its authority to negotiate, solicit or sell bail bonds, or be affiliated in any manner with the execution of bail bonds in this State shall be temporarily suspended. Upon receipt of a certification from the Clerk of the Superior Court that a surety company has failed to register or provide full, accurate and truthful information to the Clerk of the Superior Court, as required by section 4 of this act or has failed to satisfy a judgment for forfeited bail, the commissioner may temporarily suspend the surety company’s authority to negotiate, solicit or sell bail bonds, or be affiliated in any manner with the execution of bail bonds in this State. The temporary suspensions imposed in accordance with this section shall remain in effect until the Clerk of the Superior Court notifies the commissioner that the surety company or bail agent or agency has properly registered and has provided information in accordance with section 4 of this act or has satisfied the judgment or judgments for forfeited bail.

b. In addition to any temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the commissioner, after notice and an opportunity for a hearing, shall impose a fine against the surety company, bail agent or agency in an amount of up to $10,000 for a first violation, up to $25,000 for a second violation and up to $100,000 for a third or subsequent violation for failure to register or provide full, accurate and truthful information to the Clerk of the Superior Court, as required by section 4 of this act or for failure to satisfy a judgment or judgments for forfeited bail.

C.The commissioner shall not restore the surety company’s authority to negotiate, solicit or sell bail bonds, or be affiliated in any manner with the execution of bail bonds in this State, until the surety company has demonstrated that it has satisfied all judgments or court orders related to forfeited bail and has paid all fines imposed pursuant to this act.

d. Nothing in this act shall be construed to limit, preclude or otherwise adversely affect the commissioner’s ability to pursue enforcement actions against the surety company, bail agent or agency resulting from violations of the insurance laws arising from the breach of the duties owed to the courts as provided in subsection a. of this section.

L.2003,c.202,s.2.

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