SECTION 1. Chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 24 the following section:-
Section 24A. When the juvenile court is closed for business, any justice acting under section 9(vi) of chapter 211B may grant relief authorized under section 24 on an interim basis if the department demonstrates by a preponderance of the evidence that (i) a child is suffering from serious abuse or neglect or is in immediate danger of serious abuse or neglect; and (ii) that immediate removal of the child is necessary to protect the child from serious abuse or neglect. Such relief may be granted and communicated by telephone to an agent of the department, who shall record such order on a form of order promulgated for such use by the chief justice of the trial court and shall deliver a copy of such order on the next court day to the clerk-magistrate of the juvenile court having venue and jurisdiction over the matter. If relief has been granted without the filing of a petition under section 24, the department shall appear in court when the court is next open for business to file a petition under section 24. The matter shall then proceed under section 24, and the interim order shall expire that day.
Any order issued under this section and any documentation in support thereof shall be certified at the latest on the next business day by the clerk-magistrate or register of the court issuing such order to the court having venue and jurisdiction over the matter.
SECTION 2. Section 51B of Chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence of subsection (c) and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:-
If the department has probable cause to believe that (i) a child is suffering from serious abuse or neglect or is in immediate danger of serious abuse or neglect; (ii) that immediate removal without first obtaining a court order under section 24 is necessary to protect the child from serious and imminent injury, it shall take the child into immediate temporary custody.
SECTION 3. Section 51B of Chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out subsection (e).
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