17:23A-19. Judicial review of orders and reports
Judicial review of orders and reports. a. Any person subject to an order of the commissioner under section 17 or section 18 or any person whose rights under this act were allegedly violated may obtain a review of any order or report of the commissioner by filing in the Superior Court, Appellate Division, within 45 days from the date of the service of the order or report, a written petition requesting that the order or report of the commissioner be set aside. A copy of the petition shall be simultaneously served upon the commissioner, who shall forthwith certify and file in the court a transcript of the entire record of the proceeding giving rise to the order or report which is the subject of the petition. Upon the filing of the petition and the transcript, the Superior Court, Appellate Division, shall have jurisdiction to make and enter a decree modifying, affirming or reversing any order or report of the commissioner, in whole or in part. The findings of the commissioner as to the facts supporting any order or report, if supported by clear and convincing evidence, shall be conclusive.
b. To the extent an order or report of the commissioner is affirmed, the court shall issue its own order commanding obedience to the terms of the order or report of the commissioner. If any party affected by an order or report of the commissioner shall apply to the court for leave to produce additional evidence and shall show to the satisfaction of the court that the additional evidence is material and that there are reasonable grounds for the failure to produce this evidence in prior proceedings, the court may order the additional evidence to be taken before the commissioner in a manner and upon those terms and conditions as the court may deem proper. The commissioner may modify his findings of fact or make new findings by reason of the additional evidence so taken and shall file modified or new findings along with any recommendation, if any, for the modification or revocation of a previous order or report. If supported by clear and convincing evidence, the modified or new findings shall be conclusive as to the matters contained therein.
c. An order or report issued by the commissioner under section 17 or 18 shall become final:
(1) Upon the expiration of the time allowed for the filing of a petition for review, if no such petition has been duly filed; except that the commissioner may modify or set aside an order or report to the extent provided in subsection c. of section 17; or
(2) Upon a final decision of the Superior Court, Appellate Division, if the court directs that the order or report of the commissioner be affirmed or the petition for review is dismissed.
d. No order or report of the commissioner under this act or order of a court to enforce the same shall in any way relieve or absolve any person affected by the order or report from any liability under any law of this State.
L. 1985, c. 179, s. 19.
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