2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2a - Administration Of Civil And Criminal Justice
Section 2A:54A-2 - Venue; Preliminary Injunction
2A:54A-2. Venue; preliminary injunction
a. Any action instituted pursuant to the provisions of section 3 of this amendatory and supplementary act shall be brought in the Superior Court of the county in which the alleged nuisance exists. An action shall be instituted by the filing of a verified petition alleging the facts constituting the nuisance.
b. After the filing of the petition, application for a preliminary injunction may be made to the court, which shall grant a hearing within 10 days after the filing of the application. If an application for a preliminary injunction is made, the court, on request of the applicant, may issue an ex parte order to preserve samples of materials located at the premises which are allegedly involved in the nuisance. The restraining order shall be served by delivering a copy of the order to a person in charge of the location or residing there or by posting a copy of the order upon one of the principal doors or entrances to the location. The officer serving the restraining order shall make and return to the court an inventory of the personal property used in maintaining the alleged nuisance and an inventory of the samples being held. A violation of the restraining order or the removal or mutilation of a posted restraining order shall constitute contempt of court.
c. A copy of the petition, together with a notice of the time and place of the hearing on the application for a preliminary injunction, shall be served upon the defendant at least five days before the hearing. If, at the hearing, the allegations of the petition are sustained by clear and convincing evidence, a preliminary injunction closing the place against its use for any purpose complained of in the petition may be issued. The order shall also continue in effect the restraining order provided in subsection b., if already issued, or, if not so issued, may include a restraining order. The owner of any real or personal property closed or restrained may appear between the filing of the petition and the hearing on the application for a permanent injunction and may obtain the release of the property, if the court determines that the owner did not have any knowledge that the property was being used in maintaining the nuisance and if the owner agrees to take whatever action is necessary to insure that the property will not be used to continue the nuisance. The release of any property under this subsection shall not affect any judgment, lien, penalty or liability to which that property may be subject.
L.1983, c. 234, s. 4, eff. June 30, 1983.
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