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Role of prosecutor or public official
Domestic Relations (DOM) CHAPTER 14, ARTICLE 5-A, TITLE 3
§ 77-n. Role of prosecutor or public official. 1. In a case arising
under this article or involving the Hague Convention on the Civil
Aspects of International Child Abduction, the prosecutor or other
appropriate public official may take any lawful action, including resort
to a proceeding under this title or any other available civil proceeding
to locate a child, obtain the return of a child, or enforce a child
custody determination if there is:

(a) an existing child custody determination;

(b) a request to do so from a court in a pending child custody

(c) a reasonable belief that a criminal statute has been violated; or

(d) a reasonable belief that the child has been wrongfully removed or
retained in violation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of
International Child Abduction.

2. A prosecutor or appropriate public official acting under this
section acts on behalf of the state or local government entity and may
not represent any private party.