2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:3A2-25 - Powers and duties of certified local health agency
26:3A2-25. Powers and duties of certified local health agency
7. A certified local health agency shall investigate citizen complaints; provide public information and citizen education services in all matters concerning environmental health; monitor the various State statutes concerning environmental health, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, or any ordinance adopted pursuant to section 9 of P.L.1977, c.443 (C.26:3A2-27); report any violation of those statutes, rules and regulations to the department; gather evidence of violations as required; and provide witnesses for any resultant court action as needed. A certified local health agency may maintain an action in a court of competent jurisdiction to enforce, or to restrain the violation of, any environmental health law, rule or regulation , or ordinance adopted hereunder, which violation occurs, or threatens to occur, within the geographical jurisdiction of a certified local health agency.
A certified local health agency may initiate legal proceedings for a violation of any environmental health law, rule, regulation, or ordinance, including the making and issuing of complaints and summonses by serving the summons upon the violator and filing the complaint promptly with a court having jurisdiction. The county counsel or the prosecutor of the municipality in which a violation has occurred shall be authorized to act as counsel to the certified local health agency for prosecution of the violation, and any penalties collected from the prosecution shall be deposited in the "Environmental Quality and Enforcement Fund" established pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1991, c.99 (C.26:3A2-35) for use by the certified local health agency of the county or municipality prosecuting such violations.
Unless specifically precluded by State statute, penalties for a violation prosecuted under this section shall be collected pursuant to the "penalty enforcement law," N.J.S.2A:58-1 et seq.
L.1977,c.443,s.7, amended 1983,c.38,s.2; 1991,c.99,s.3.
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