2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 4 - AGRICULTURE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Section 4:8-17.29 - Violations; penalties; prosecutions; hearings; injunctions

4:8-17.29. Violations; penalties; prosecutions; hearings; injunctions

a. A person who violates any of the provisions of this act or any order, rule or regulation made by the State Board of Agriculture under this act or who prevents or hinders a representative of the Department of Agriculture in performing his duty under P.L.1963, c. 29 (C. 4:8-17.13 et seq.) shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $50.00 nor more than $100.00 for a first offense, and not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00 for a subsequent offense committed within a 12 month period.

The penalty shall be sued for and recovered in an action to be brought by and in the name of the Secretary of Agriculture in a summary manner pursuant to "the penalty enforcement law" (N.J.S. 2A:58-1 et seq.) as provided in article 2 of chapter 23 of Title 4 of the Revised Statutes.

After judgment by the court in any case arising under this act, the State Seed Analyst shall publish any information pertinent to the issuance of the judgment by the court in such media as he may designate from time to time.

The Department of Agriculture shall be entitled to the assistance of the Attorney General in the enforcement of this act.

(b) Nothing in the New Jersey State Seed Law (Revision of 1963), P.L.1963, c. 29 (C. 4:8-17.13 et seq.) shall be construed as requiring the State Seed Analyst or his representative to: (1) report for prosecution, (2) institute seizure proceeding issue a withdrawal from distribution order when he believes the public interest will best be served by a written notice of warning.

(c) Before the State Seed Analyst reports a violation of the New Jersey State Seed Law (Revision of 1963), the violator shall be given an opportunity to be heard before the secretary.

(d) The secretary is authorized to apply for a temporary or permanent injunction restraining a person from violating any of the provisions of the New Jersey State Seed Law (Revision of 1963) or a rule or regulation promulgated under the act, notwithstanding the existence of other remedies at law. The injunction shall be issued without bond.

(e) Upon receiving any information of a violation of any provisions of the New Jersey State Seed Law (Revision of 1963) or any rule or regulation adopted thereunder, the secretary or any agent designated by him, may hold hearings upon the violation and if the secretary or agent finds that the violation was committed, he may assess a penalty against the violator in an amount not to exceed the maximum limit set forth in subsection (a) of this section, as he deems proper under the circumstances. If the violator pays the penalty, no further prosecution shall be had upon that violation.

L.1963, c. 29, s. 17. Amended by L.1968, c. 198, s. 6, eff. July 19, 1968; L.1984, c. 201, s. 11, eff. Nov. 28, 1984, operative Jan. 1, 1985.

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