a.  No government agency shall intercept an electronic fund transfer without  first obtaining a court order.

    b.  The judge, upon consideration of an application, may enter an ex parte order, as requested or as modified, authorizing the interception of an electronic fund transfer, if the court determines on the basis of the facts submitted by the applicant that there is or was probable cause for belief that:

Terms Used In New Jersey Statutes 17:16K-5

  • person: includes corporations, companies, associations, societies, firms, partnerships and joint stock companies as well as individuals, unless restricted by the context to an individual as distinguished from a corporate entity or specifically restricted to one or some of the above enumerated synonyms and, when used to designate the owner of property which may be the subject of an offense, includes this State, the United States, any other State of the United States as defined infra and any foreign country or government lawfully owning or possessing property within this State. See New Jersey Statutes 1:1-2
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.

    (1) The person whose electronic fund transfer is to be intercepted is engaging or was engaged over a period of time as a part of a continuing criminal activity or is committing, has or had committed or is about to commit an offense;

    (2) Particular communications concerning such offense may be obtained through such interception;

    (3) Normal investigative procedures with respect to such offense have been tried and have failed or reasonably appear to be unlikely to succeed if tried or to be too dangerous to employ;

    c.  To effect an order issued pursuant to this section, the governmental agency shall deliver a true copy of the order to the financial institution which shall promptly carry out the terms of the order under the direct supervision of the investigative law enforcement officers or agency authorized to intercept the electronic fund transfer.

    L.1983, c. 466, s. 5, eff. Jan. 12, 1984.