Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter and R.S.37:1-1 et seq. , any person who shall:
a. Fail or refuse to furnish correctly any information in the person's possession; or
b. Willfully and knowingly furnish false information affecting any certificate or record required by this chapter; or
c. Willfully alter, otherwise than is provided by R.S.26:8-48 et seq. , or willfully or knowingly falsify, any certificate or record established by this chapter; or
d. Fail to fill out and transmit any certificate or record in the manner required by this chapter; or
e. Being a local registrar, deputy registrar, alternate deputy registrar or subregistrar, shall fail to perform the person's duty as required by this chapter and by the directions of the State registrar thereunder; or
f. Violate any of the provisions of this chapter or fail to discharge any duty required by this chapter-
Shall be subject to a penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $250 for each first offense and not less than $250 nor more than $500 for each subsequent offense.
The penalties shall be recovered in a civil action in the name of the Department of Health or local board in any court of competent jurisdiction.
The Superior Court or municipal court shall have jurisdiction over proceedings to enforce and collect any such penalty, if the violation has occurred within the territorial jurisdiction of the court. The proceedings shall be summary and in accordance with the “Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999,” P.L.1999, c. 274 ( C.2A:58-10 et seq. ).
Notwithstanding the provisions of this section to the contrary, the State registrar may refer a violation of this chapter by a physician, nurse, or funeral director who is licensed pursuant to Title 45 of the Revised Statutes to the appropriate professional board in the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety, which shall, in accordance with the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c. 410 ( C.52:14B-1 et seq. ), assess the penalty provided for in this subsection and assume enforcement responsibility on the same basis as it would for a violation of the statute or regulations governing the practice of those persons regulated by that board.
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