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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 52, STATE GOVERNMENT, DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICERS
Chapter 27G: Legislative findings and declarations
Section: 52:27G-37: Criminal background checks for professional guardians.
6. a. Upon receipt of an application for registration as a professional guardian, the Office of the Public Guardian for Elderly Adults is authorized to determine whether criminal history record information exists on file in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Identification Division or in the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police that would disqualify the person from being registered as a professional guardian.
The Office of the Public Guardian for Elderly Adults is authorized to access the child abuse registry in the Department of Children and Families and the domestic violence central registry in the Administrative Office of the Courts.
A person shall be disqualified from registration if the person's criminal history record background check reveals a record of conviction of any of the following crimes and offenses:
(1) In New Jersey, any crime or disorderly persons offense:
(a) involving danger to the person, meaning those crimes and disorderly persons offenses set forth in N.J.S.2C:11-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:12-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:13-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:14-1 et seq. or N.J.S.2C:15-1 et seq.;
(b) against the family, children or incompetents, meaning those crimes and disorderly persons offenses set forth in N.J.S.2C:24-1 et seq.;
(c) involving theft as set forth in chapter 20 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, or fraud relating to any health care plan or program as set forth in section 15 of P.L.1989, c.300 (C.2C:21-4.1), sections 2 and 3 of P.L.1997, c.353 (C.2C:21-4.2 and 2C:21-4.3), P.L.1999, c.162 (C.2C:21-22.1) or section 17 of P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-17); or
(d) involving any controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog as set forth in chapter 35 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes except paragraph (4) of subsection a. of N.J.S.2C:35-10.
(2) In any other state or jurisdiction, of conduct which, if committed in New Jersey, would constitute any of the crimes or disorderly persons offenses described in paragraph (1) of this subsection.
A person shall also be disqualified from registration if a check of the child abuse registry reveals that the person has a history of child abuse.
In a case in which a check of the domestic violence central registry reveals that the person has a history of domestic violence, the public guardian shall review the record with respect to the type and date of the criminal offense or the provisions and date of the final domestic violence restraining order and make a determination as to the suitability of the person to be a registered professional guardian.
b. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of this section to the contrary, no person shall be disqualified from registration on the basis of any conviction disclosed by a criminal history record background check performed pursuant to this act if the person has affirmatively demonstrated to the public guardian clear and convincing evidence of the applicant's rehabilitation. In determining whether a person has affirmatively demonstrated rehabilitation, the following factors shall be considered:
(1) the nature and responsibility of the position which the person would hold, has held or currently holds, as the case may be;
(2) the nature and seriousness of the offense;
(3) the circumstances under which the offense occurred;
(4) the date of the offense;
(5) the age of the person when the offense was committed;
(6) whether the offense was an isolated or repeated incident;
(7) any social conditions which may have contributed to the offense; and
(8) any evidence of rehabilitation, including good conduct in prison or in the community, counseling or psychiatric treatment received, acquisition of additional academic or vocational schooling, work history, or the recommendation of those who have had the person under their supervision.
c. If a person refuses to consent to, or cooperate in, the securing of a criminal history record background check, the public guardian shall not register that person as a professional guardian and shall notify the person of that denial.
L.2005, c.370, s.6; amended 2006, c.47, s.198.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:56.
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