Terms Used In New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:37
- children: means any individual who is under the age of 18 years. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:3
- Department: means the department of health and human services. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:3
- justice: when applied to a magistrate, shall mean a justice of a municipal court, or a justice of the peace having jurisdiction over the subject-matter. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 21:12
The department of justice shall be empowered to receive and investigate reports of institutional abuse or neglect at the youth development center, Laconia developmental services, and New Hampshire hospital; and the department shall be empowered to receive and investigate reports of all other suspected instances of institutional abuse or neglect. Either the department of justice or the commissioner of the department or both may adopt rules consistent with this authority to investigate such reports and take appropriate action for the protection of children.