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Legal Statutes: Arkansas

UPDATED September 15, 2017

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Subchapter 3. Enforcement

back to top9-19-315. Role of prosecutor or public official

(a) In a case arising under this chapter or involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, the prosecuting attorney may take any lawful action, including resort to a proceeding under this subchapter 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:

(1) an existing child-custody determination;

(2) a request to do so from a court in a pending child-custody proceeding;

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

(4) 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.

(b) A prosecuting attorney acting under this section acts on behalf of the court and may not represent any party.
Acts of 1999, Act 668, § 315, eff. July 30, 1999.