The third paragraph of section 35 of chapter 123 of the General Laws, as amended by section 40 of chapter 52 of the acts of 2016, is hereby amended by striking out the third, fourth and fifth sentences, inclusive, and inserting in place thereof the following 3 sentences:- In the event of the person's failure to appear at the time summoned, the court may issue a warrant for the person's arrest; provided, that upon information from the petitioner regarding the whereabouts of such person, the court may issue the warrant in any city or town in the commonwealth. Upon presentation of such a petition, if there are reasonable grounds to believe that such person will not appear and that any further delay in the proceedings would present an immediate danger to the physical well-being of the respondent, said court may issue a warrant for the apprehension and appearance of such person before it. If such person is not immediately presented before a judge of the district court, the warrant shall continue day after day for up to 5 consecutive days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, or until such time as the person is presented to the court, whichever is sooner; provided, however that an arrest on such warrant shall not be made unless the person may be presented within 24 hours before a judge of the district court.
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