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Special Civil Expert Witnesses

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SPECIAL CIVIL EXPERT WITNESSES

WHAT IS A SPECIAL CIVIL EXPERT WITNESS?
Special civil expert witnesses are people with special expertise in a particular field or business or profession who provide testimony in a Special Civil court to help prove or defend against liability or damages or both in a Special Civil case. Common examples of Special Civil experts include: doctors, nurses, real estate appraisers, automotive appraisers, mechanics, home repair contractors, alarm technicians, handwriting specialists and accountants. Normally, a Special Civil party seeking to use a Special Civil expert hires that Special Civil expert to prepare a comprehensive report about certain parts of the Special Civil case. If a Special Civil trial is scheduled, the Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant who ordered the Special Civil expert report hires the Special Civil expert to appear and testify at the Special Civil trial of the Special Civil case.

WHY DO I NEED A SPECIAL CIVIL EXPERT WITNESS TO PROVE MY CASE\?
Special Civil experts may provide important Special Civil trial testimony to help a Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant to prove their Special Civil case or Special Civil defense. Many people think they just file a Special Civil complaint or a Special Civil answer and then show up in New Jersey Special Civil Part court with papers and tell their story. This is not always how New Jersey Special Civil Part trials work! Never assume you can just show up to Special Civil court with documents and use them to support your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial of your Special Civil case or even refer to them at your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial. While it is true that you must bring all appropriate Special Civil documents, photographs, videos and other items with you to your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial that are necessary to prove your Special Civil case (preferably originals), even if you bring such documents and items to Special Civil court, the New Jersey Special Civil Part may refuse to allow you to use them at your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial. New Jersey has published cases, laws, regulations, court rules and rules of evidence that are very tricky and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial. Accordingly, before Special Civil trial, you must consult all of these rules to determine how you intend to get your Special Civil documents and items into evidence or how to properly use them at your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial. Special Civil hearsay rules of evidence are particularly troublesome and you should study them carefully before Special Civil trial. For example, it is very common for Special Civil courts to refuse to allow a Special Civil party to use or refer to Special Civil documents or items that the person themselves never prepared. Often Special Civil plaintiffs and Special Civil defendants stumble into Special Civil court with a video, photograph, bill or Special Civil affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a Special Civil judge tell the Special Civil parties that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.

IF YOU HAVE TO PROVE YOUR SPECIAL CIVIL CASE BY PRESENTING TECHNICAL, SCIENTIFIC OR MEDICAL INFORMATION, HIRE AN SPECIAL CIVIL EXPERT WITNESS TO WRITE A COMPLETE SPECIAL CIVIL EXPERT REPORT AND TO TESTIFY AT TRIAL
Often to prove one’s New Jersey Special Civil Part case or to successfully defend against a New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint, it is necessary to hire an Special Civil expert witness to prepare a proper Special Civil expert report and to testify regarding another party’s misconduct and the damages sustained as a result of the misconduct. If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the factfinder at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an Special Civil expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise. To be considered by the New Jersey Special Civil Part, an Special Civil expert’s opinion must meet three basic requirements: (1) the intended testimony must concern a subject matter that is beyond the knowledge of the average juror; (2) the subject testified to must be at a state of the art such that an Special Civil expert’s testimony could be sufficiently reliable; and (3) the witness must have sufficient Special Civil expertise to offer the intended testimony. To meet the element of whether Special Civil expert testimony is sufficiently reliable, the Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant offering the Special Civil expert testimony must demonstrate that the Special Civil expert’s opinion or theory is generally accepted within the scientific community. A Special Civil expert's opinion must be supported by facts or data either in the record or of a type usually relied upon by Special Civil experts in the field. Bare conclusions of an Special Civil expert that are not supported by factual evidence are inadmissible. Likewise, Special Civil expert conclusions based on discredited or improperly performed diagnostic tools are suspect. An Special Civil expert's trial testimony is confined to the opinion reflected in his or her report. Many Special Civil expert opinions are never admitted into evidence and Special Civil experts are thereby prevented from testifying at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial because the New Jersey Special Civil Part finds the reports unreliable and/or inadequate. Therefore, simply hiring an Special Civil expert does not assure that you shall get their testimony into evidence. Professional Special Civil experts usually charge a fee to inspect your property and write a report – sometimes they bill by the hour and sometimes via a flat fee arrangement linked to each service they are to perform. The Special Civil expert normally sends a copy of their report to the Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant who hired the Special Civil expert. If your New Jersey Special Civil Part case requires Special Civil expert testimony and the matter goes all the way to the Special Civil trial, it shall be necessary to have the Special Civil expert appear at and testify at same. The Special Civil expert usually charges additional fees for the time during which they must appear at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial but you may get the Special Civil expert to include such services as part of the fee to perform inspections and to write reports. While there are some exceptions, normally, New Jersey Special Civil Part courts do not allow people to show up at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial to introduce into evidence estimates, Special Civil expert reports and other documents that they never prepared and witnesses are often necessary to prove one’s case, especially when it comes to the Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant’s damages.

IF YOUR SPECIAL CIVIL OPPONENT PROPERLY ASKS FOR YOUR SPECIAL CIVIL EXPERT REPORTS MAKE SURE YOU PROVIDE YOUR SPECIAL CIVIL OPPONENT WITH COPIES OF YOUR SPECIAL CIVIL EXPERT WITNESS REPORTS IN SUFFICIENT TIME BEFORE THE SPECIAL CIVIL TRIAL STARTS
A Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant may ask the Special Civil court to refuse to allow a Special Civil opponent to call a Special Civil expert witness at a Special Civil trial for that Special Civil opponent’s failure to provide a copy of the Special Civil expert’s report to the Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant in enough time before the Special Civil trial. For example, if an interrogatory requires a copy of the report of an expert witness or treating or examining physician as set forth in R. 4:10-2(d)(1), the answering party shall annex to the interrogatory an exact copy of the entire report or reports rendered by the expert or physician. The report shall contain a complete statement of that persons opinions and the basis therefor; the facts and data considered in forming the opinions; the qualifications of the witness, including a list of all publications authored by the witness within the preceding ten years; and whether compensation has been or is to be paid for the report and testimony and, if so, the terms of the compensation. If the answer to an interrogatory requesting the name and report of the party's expert or treating physician indicates that the same will be supplied thereafter, the propounder may, on notice, move for an order of the court fixing a day certain for the furnishing of that information by the answering party. Such order may further provide that an expert or treating physician whose name or report is not so furnished shall not be permitted to testify at trial. Except as herein provided, the communications between counsel and expert deemed trial preparation materials pursuant to R. 4:10-2(d)(1) may not be inquired into. Except as otherwise provided by R. 4:17-4(e), if a party who has furnished answers to interrogatories thereafter obtains information that renders such answers incomplete or inaccurate, amended answers shall be served not later than 20 days prior to the end of the discovery period, as fixed by the track assignment or subsequent order. Amendments may be allowed thereafter only if the party seeking to amend certifies therein that the information requiring the amendment was not reasonably available or discoverable by the exercise of due diligence prior to the discovery end date. In the absence of said certification, the late amendment shall be disregarded by the court and adverse parties. Any challenge to the certification of due diligence will be deemed waived unless brought by way of motion on notice filed and served within 20 days after service of the amendment. Objections made thereafter shall not be entertained by the court. All amendments to answers to interrogatories shall be binding on the party submitting them. A certification of the amendments shall be furnished promptly to any other party so requesting.



MAKE SURE YOU GET AND SERVE YOUR SPECIAL CIVIL EXPERT REPORTS IN ENOUGH TIME BEFORE THE SPECIAL CIVIL TRIAL
Normally, you cannot wait until the last minute to get and serve your Special Civil opponent your Special Civil expert report. The time in which to secure Special Civil experts is limited – it is called the Special Civil case “discovery period”. All proceedings referred to in R. 6:4-3 and R. 6:4-4, including discovery in actions that are cognizable but not pending in the Small Claims Section, except for proceedings under R. 4:22 (request for admissions), shall be completed as to each Special Civil defendant within 90 days of the date of service of that Special Civil defendant's Special Civil answer, unless on Special Civil motion and notice, and for good cause shown, a Special Civil order is entered before the expiration of said period enlarging the time for such proceedings to a date specified in the Special Civil order. In actions transferred to the Special Civil Part pursuant to R. 4:3-4(c), however, the Special Civil parties shall complete discovery within such time to which they would have been entitled under R. 4:24-1 had the action not been transferred.

MAKE SURE YOU SUBPOENA YOUR SPECIAL CIVIL EXPERT WITNESS TO SHOW UP AT YOUR NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL
If you have any witnesses that you need to testify for you at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial, then in advance of the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial and as required by court rules, laws and published cases, you must prepare a written subpoena (or subpoenas if the New Jersey Special Civil Part case is adjourned). Such a Special Civil subpoena must normally be personally served by a process server rather than by mail. If you want to force one of the Special Civil parties to the New Jersey Special Civil Part case to testify as part of your New Jersey Special Civil Part case, since they might not show up at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial (it is possible that only their attorney will show up), you should serve them with a Special Civil notice in lieu of subpoena. If you think that you could have problems getting someone to show up to provide testimony at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial, you should have a process server serve them with a Special Civil subpoena or if they are a Special Civil party to the Special Civil dispute, a Special Civil notice in lieu of subpoena. Without witnesses to testify at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial (especially Special Civil experts, discussed above), you may lose your New Jersey Special Civil Part case.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT PERSONNEL OR NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Special Civil employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a Special Civil judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees. Most New Jersey Special Civil employees are not trained attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the Special Civil Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART FORMS PROVIDED BY THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURT?
The New Jersey Special Civil Part usually provides certain types of Special Civil legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey Special Civil Part forms provided by the New Jersey Special Civil Part court – the Special Civil forms are often deceptively simple, while Special Civil Part cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for a competent Special Civil attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey who has experience handling New Jersey Special Civil Part cases. Special Civil forms don’t talk and Special Civil forms and their directions rarely, if ever, cover every possible situation, set of facts or legal issue that may arise in a New Jersey Special Civil Part case. Each New Jersey Special Civil Part case has its own particular Special Civil legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a competent New Jersey Special Civil trial attorney, it is best to have the Special Civil attorney prepare your New Jersey Special Civil Part paperwork for you.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEW JERSEY CASE?
Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case. Not all New Jersey cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help. To receive a no cost phone consultation about what the Law Office of Paul DePetris might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris at paul@newjerseylemon.com.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL CASE MYSELF?
Many people can and do successfully handle New Jersey Special Civil cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Special Civil judgment. However, many other people also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey Special Civil cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Special Civil money judgment against them. The greater the money at stake, the greater the reason to consider using the services of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey to handle part or all of the New Jersey Special Civil case. The following are reasons to use a Special Civil attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey Special Civil case:
• New Jersey Special Civil fees often change
• New Jersey Special Civil rules often change
• New Jersey Special Civil employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a Special Civil judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
• New Jersey Special Civil court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in court
• each New Jersey Special Civil case has its own particular Special Civil legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common for people to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Special Civil complaints that result in the New Jersey Special Civil complaints or a Special Civil answers to New Jersey Special Civil complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Special Civil or being dismissed by the New Jersey Special Civil after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey Special Civil case.
• the Special Civil court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their New Jersey Special Civil case out of court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Special Civil trial.
• New Jersey has many published cases, laws, regulations, court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the New Jersey Special Civil trial.
• it is very common for Special Civil courts to refuse to allow a Special Civil party to use or refer to Special Civil documents or items at the New Jersey Special Civil trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often Special Civil plaintiffs and Special Civil defendants stumble into New Jersey Special Civil with a video, photograph, bill or Special Civil affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a Special Civil judge tell the Special Civil parties that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.
• without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Special Civil. Also, if there are any Special Civil legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Special Civil trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Special Civil court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
• you cannot show up at the New Jersey Special Civil expecting the judge hearing your New Jersey Special Civil case to explain court rules, evidence rules, court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey Special Civil case. The judge hearing your New Jersey Special Civil case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

It is important to remember that even if you have a Special Civil attorney, you could lose your New Jersey Special Civil case. Hiring a Special Civil attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey Special Civil case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your New Jersey Special Civil case or to avoid certain mistakes.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL CASES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• handled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County to Cumberland County, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey.
• reviewed many New Jersey Special Civil settlement agreements.
• enforced many New Jersey Special Civil settlement agreements.
• provided New Jersey Special Civil pro se parties with New Jersey Special Civil legal advice and prepared New Jersey Special Civil legal forms
• prepared and filed many New Jersey Special Civil complaints
• tried New Jersey Special Civil jury trials
• mediated many New Jersey cases
• argued New Jersey Special Civil motions
• handled New Jersey Special Civil proof hearings
• handled New Jersey Special Civil post judgment collection proceedings

Mr. DePetris has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey in the following counties:
Atlantic County Bergen County Burlington County Camden County
Cape May County Cumberland County Essex County Special Gloucester County
Hudson County Mercer County Middlesex County Monmouth County
Morris County Ocean County Passaic County Salem County
Somerset County Sussex County Union County Warren County

IN WHAT NEW JERSEY COUNTIES WILL THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HANDLE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL CASES?
The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers to handle and help individuals and businesses with New Jersey Special Civil Claims cases in North, Central and Southern New Jersey, including cases in the following New Jersey counties:
Atlantic County Special Civil Bergen County Special Civil Burlington County Special Civil Camden County Special Civil
Cape May County Special Civil Cumberland County Special Civil Essex County Special Civil Gloucester County Special Civil
Hudson County Special Civil Hunterdon County Special Civil Mercer County Special Civil Middlesex County Special Civil
Monmouth County Special Civil Morris County Special Civil Ocean County Special Civil Passaic County Special Civil
Salem County Special Civil Somerset County Special Civil Sussex County Special Civil Union County Special Civil
Warren County Special Civil

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE A SPECIAL CIVIL ATTORNEY TO HANDLE MY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END?
In many situations, the Law Office of Paul DePetris offers alternatives to handling New Jersey Special Civil cases for an hourly fee, such as by offering to handle your New Jersey Special Civil case up to trial for a fixed fee or to help you handle your New Jersey Special Civil case by yourself. Such flexible methods may allow you to keep the amount legal fees you spend on your New Jersey Special Civil case to a fixed sum, while providing you the help you need to handle your New Jersey Special Civil case. For a no obligation phone consultation about what the Firm might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris at paul@newjerseylemon.com.







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