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NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL APPEALS

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL?
A New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is the process by which a party to a dispute asks a higher authority, such as a higher court, to review and reverse or modify the decision of a New Jersey Special Civil Part judge. In a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, the appellant is the Special Civil party that brings or files the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal. The Special Civil party that defends the Special Civil trial court’s decision is the respondent. Respondents may file their own New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, called a Cross Appeal.

HOW DO I TAKE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL (GENERAL INFORMATION)?
If you disagree with the decision of a New Jersey Special Civil Part such as a New Jersey Special Civil Part judgment entered against you or your business at a New Jersey Special Civil Part trial or the denial of a motion to vacate a New Jersey Special Civil Part default judgment, you may appeal the case to a higher New Jersey court -- the New Jersey Appellate Division of the Superior Court. There are very strict deadlines for filing New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals. New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals from orders or judgments that are not final are called “interlocutory appeals” and the procedure for such New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals is somewhat different than those for New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals from New Jersey Special Civil Part final judgments or orders. To appeal a New Jersey Special Civil Part final judgment in New Jersey that resolves all issues in the case, you must act in a specific time frame by filing a New Jersey Notice of Appeal and other required documents with the New Jersey Appellate Division within 45 days from the date of the Special Civil final judgment, Special Civil final order or Special Civil final decision and pay a nonrefundable fee to the New Jersey Appellate Division – New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals and are not filed with the New Jersey Special Civil Part or decided by the New Jersey Special Civil Part and you should not try to file appellate papers with the New Jersey Special Civil Part or at your New Jersey county courthouse! As part of your New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, you usually must also prepare a written New Jersey Special Civil Part court transcript request and order a court transcript from the appropriate court that decided the matter against you or your business and pay a nonrefundable fee for it. A New Jersey Special Civil Part court transcript is a written record of hearings held in New Jersey Special Civil Part court in a particular New Jersey Special Civil Part case. After a New Jersey Notice of Appeal is filed, you must prepare and file other documents, such as a transcript, brief and a document that provides proof that you mailed these items to your adversary. If you want the opportunity to argue your New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, you may have to file a request for argument by a specific deadline.

ARE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEALS DIFFICULT?
New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals are highly complex proceedings and no website can possibly advise a party taking or defending against a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal of all procedures or issues necessary to consider when handling a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal! New Jersey court rules and New Jersey laws and regulations change very frequently, as does the caselaw interpreting them, all of which could have a major impact on any New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal. Many Special Civil parties that try to handle appeals themselves write up New Jersey Special Civil appeal papers that fail to comply with the New Jersey Appellate Division’s strict requirements and the New Jersey Appellate Division rejects those papers, requiring the Special Civil parties to make corrections and resubmit the New Jersey Special Civil appeal papers in a specific time frame or face negative consequences. Before taking any action in a Special Civil Appeal, confirm that the rules have not changed!!!! Reliance on a website is no substitute for advice by a competent New Jersey attorney!

HOW DO I START A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL?
Most often, the first step to taking a New Jersey Special Civil Part appeal is to order one or more Special Civil Court transcripts, since you often have to provide proof that you ordered the Special Civil Court transcripts with your appellate papers. In some cases, there is no transcript made of the Special Civil trial court’s consideration of the New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision because the Special Civil Court prepared a written memorandum/decision, order or judgment. However, in many cases, the Special Civil Court’s proceedings are transcribed or recorded and if this occurs, you must order a copy of the Special Civil Court transcript. It may be possible to have the Special Civil Court transcript abbreviated, such as in the case of a long trial transcript. This may require the agreement of your opponent or you may have to make a motion to the Special Civil Court. To order a transcript, contact the county supervisor of court reporters, the New Jersey court clerk or agency regarding the details of ordering the Special Civil Court transcript, such as its estimated cost and the amount you must forward as a deposit for the Special Civil Court transcript’s preparation. If a Appealing party fails to timely order the Special Civil Court transcript, they may face penalties. If the Special Civil party filing the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal already has a copy of the Special Civil Court transcript that is the subject of the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, they do not have to order another copy. Instead, the Special civil appealing party must certify on their Notice of Appeal that they have a copy of the Special Civil Court transcript. A form for ordering transcripts is normally available in the appendix of the New Jersey Court Rules and normally appears on the New Jersey Courts’ website. The standard transcript request form seeks the following information about New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals:

• the caption or title of the case as it appears on the papers from the Special Civil Court from which you are Appealing.
• the Special Civil Court docket number.
• if a municipal New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, enter the Law Division docket number.
• the county and the name of the Special Civil Court from which you are Appealing.
• your name, address, including any email address and daytime phone number.
• if a court reporter was present in court transcribing the proceedings, the name and address of the New Jersey court reporter.
• if the proceedings were sound recorded, the name and address of the New Jersey court clerk of the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge.
• if you do not know the name of the New Jersey court reporter, call the county courthouse and ask to be connected to the office of the supervisor of court reporters for that county and include that information on the New Jersey court transcript request.
• if you do not know the name of the New Jersey court clerk, call the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge's chambers and ask for that and their mailing address and include that information on the New Jersey court transcript request.
• Since the Special Civil Court transcript is being requested to file a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, indicate that use.
• the number of copies you are asking to be produced (the minimum number you can request is the original and 1 copy).
• the date(s) of the proceeding(s) you are ordering.
• the type of proceeding(s) (for example, trial, sentencing, motion, etc.).
• the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge’s name who heard each proceeding.
• the amount of the deposit.

The original of the New Jersey court transcript request and a check for the deposit are sent to the New Jersey court reporter or, in the case of a proceeding that was sound recorded, to the New Jersey court clerk of the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge. Be sure to keep a complete copy of the Special Civil Court transcript for your records.

The Special Civil Court is the New Jersey Special Civil Part court that initially decides a case and New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals are normally taken from such decisions. For purposes of this article, the term “trial court” shall refer to the New Jersey New Jersey Special Civil Part trial court that decides your case in whole or part by entering a New Jersey Special Civil Part court judgment, order or decision that a party seeks to appeal. Generally, New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals can only be taken from New Jersey Special Civil Part final judgments or New Jersey Special Civil Part orders that resolve all issues in a New Jersey Special Civil Part case. To appeal a final judgment that resolves all issues in the New Jersey case, you must act within a specific time frame by filing papers with the New Jersey Appellate Division – in most cases within 45 days from the date of judgment or final order and pay a nonrefundable fee to the New Jersey Appellate Division – New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals are not heard by the New Jersey Special Civil Part and you should not try to file an appeal from a New Jersey Special Civil Part court decision, judgment or order with the New Jersey Special Civil Part or with the your county courthouse! If you miss the 45 day deadline for a reason acceptable to the New Jersey Appellate Division, you may get the New Jersey Appellate Division to allow you to file after the 45 day deadline expires by filing a motion with the New Jersey Appellate Division.

HOW DO I FILE THE NEW JERSEY NOTICE OF APPEAL AND NEW JERSEY APPELLATE CIVIL CASE INFORMATION STATEMENT?
A New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal from a New Jersey Special Civil Part final judgment, order or decision is taken by serving a copy of a New Jersey Notice of Appeal and the request for transcript upon all other parties who appeared in the action and by filing the original notice of appeal (with a copy of any transcript request form) with the New Jersey Appellate Division and forwarding a copy of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal and the Special Civil Court transcript request to the New Jersey court from which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is taken. The New Jersey Notice of Appeal filed with the New Jersey Appellate Division must have a New Jersey Appellate Case Information Statement in the form required by the New Jersey Appellate Court Rules attached to the New Jersey Notice of Appeal. If you are filing a motion for leave to appeal an interlocutory order or to proceed as an indigent (for a waiver of filing fees) read the appropriate section below about notices of appeal in those situations. NOTE: BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY FILE YOUR APPEAL, YOU MAY HAVE TO ORDER A TRANSCRIPT – SEE THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE ABOUT ORDERING TRANSCRIPTS.

HOW DO I SERVE THE NEW JERSEY NOTICE OF APPEAL AND APPELLATE CIVIL CASE INFORMATION STATEMENT?
In addition to the filing of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal, the appellant mails a copy of the notice with a copy of the Appellate Civil Case Information Statement attached, by ordinary mail to the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge who decided the case in the New Jersey Special Civil Part. Within 15 days thereafter, the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge may file and mail to the parties an amplification of a prior statement, opinion or memorandum made either in writing or orally and recorded pursuant to the New Jersey court Rules. If there is no such prior statement, opinion or memorandum, the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge, agency or officer shall, within such time, file with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office and mail to the parties a written opinion stating findings of fact and conclusions of law.

WHAT INFORMATION DO I INCLUDE IN THE NEW JERSEY NOTICE OF APPEAL?
Since every New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is unique, it is impossible to explain everything that has to be included in a particular New Jersey Notice of Appeal. However, there are some things to remember when composing New Jersey notices of New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal to be filed with the New Jersey Appellate Division. The New Jersey Notice of Appeal to the New Jersey Appellate Division may be in the form prescribed by the New Jersey Courts and forms are often made available on the New Jersey Court website. In New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals, the New Jersey Notice of Appeal to the New Jersey Appellate Division must:
• State the name and address of the Special Civil party taking the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal
• State the name and address of your appellate attorney, if any
• State the names of all other parties to the action and to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal
• State the New Jersey Special Civil Part judgment, decision, action or rule, or part thereof appealed from, the name of the New Jersey Special Civil Part judge who sat below and the name of the New Jersey court, from which and to which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is taken.
• certify service of a copy of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal on all parties, the Attorney General if necessary and the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge, agency or officer.
• certify payment of filing fees required by New Jersey Statute Annotated 22A:2.
• certify compliance with New Jersey Court Rule 2:5-1(f)(2)(filing of a New Jersey Appellate Civil Case Information Statement) and include a New Jersey Appellate Case Information Statement in the form required by the New Jersey Appellate Court Rules attached to the notice.
• In all actions where a verbatim record of the proceedings was taken, certify compliance with New Jersey Court Rule 2:5-3(a) (request for transcript) and New Jersey Court Rule 2:5-3(d) (deposit for transcript) or include a certification stating the reasons for exemption from compliance. Certifications of compliance shall specify from whom the Special Civil Court transcript was ordered, the date ordered, and the fact of deposit, affixing a copy of the actual request for the Special Civil Court transcript to the New Jersey Notice of Appeal.

WHAT INFORMATION DO I INCLUDE IN THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE CASE INFORMATION STATEMENT?
Since every New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is unique, it is impossible to explain everything that has to be included in a particular New Jersey Appellate Division Case Information Statement. However, there are some things to remember when composing New Jersey Appellate Case Information Statements to be filed with the New Jersey Appellate Division. The New Jersey Appellate Division Case Information Statement must be in the form required by the New Jersey Appellate Court Rules. The New Jersey appellant's Case Information Statement shall have attached to it a copy of the New Jersey Special Civil Part final judgment, order or decision appealed from except New Jersey Special Civil Part final judgments entered by the clerk on a jury verdict. If there is any change with respect to any entry on the New Jersey Appellate Civil Case Information Statement, appellant must file an amended New Jersey Appellate Case Information Statement on the prescribed form. Failure to comply with the requirement for filing a New Jersey Appellate Case Information Statement or any deficiencies in the completion of this statement could result in penalties, including rejection of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal or on application of any party or on the New Jersey court's own motion, dismissal of the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal.

WHAT IF MY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL CONCERNS WHETHER A FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL ENACTMENT IS VALID?
The Special Civil party raising the issue on a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal serves notice of the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal on the appropriate official as provided by New Jersey Court Rule 4:28-4 unless he or she is a party to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal or has received notice of the action in the New Jersey court below. The notice must specify the provision of the enactment being challenged and the notice must be mailed within five days after the filing of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal.

HOW MANY COPIES OF THE BRIEF, APPENDIX AND TRANSCRIPT DO I FILE AND SERVE IN THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION?
• 2 copies of briefs and appendices shall be served on each party to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal
• 1 copy of the Special Civil Court transcript shall be served on any one respondent for the use of all respondents.
• Proof of such service shall be filed simultaneously with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office as required by New Jersey Court Rule 1:5-3.
• 5 copies of each brief and appendix are filed with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office.
• 3 copies of the Special Civil Court transcript are filed with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office (in addition to the copy filed by the New Jersey court reporter supervisor, clerk or agency). If the original and copy of the Special Civil Court transcript were filed with the clerk of the New Jersey court from which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is taken prior to the filing of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal, the appellant shall, within 10 days after all briefs of all parties have been filed, request the clerk of the New Jersey court from which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is taken to immediately transmit the filed copy to the clerk of the New Jersey court to which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is taken.

WHAT IF SOMEONE ELSE IS APPEALING A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL JUDGMENT, SPECIAL CIVIL ORDER OR SPECIAL CIVIL DECISION IN A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART CASE IN WHICH I AM INVOLVED AND I AM SERVED WITH A NEW JERSEY NOTICE OF APPEAL – DO I HAVE TO TAKE ACTION?
If you are a respondent in the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, within 15 days after service of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal upon you (or your attorney, if you are represented) you must file a Case Information Statement in the form required by the New Jersey Appellate Division Court Rules. You must also follow the deadlines for submitting appendicies and briefs and if you want the New Jersey Appellate Division Court to consider your position on the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, file briefs on time with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office. If a respondent is not satisfied with the contents of a New Jersey appellant’s appendix, the respondent should seriously consider preparing and filing their own appendix, such as where they wish to present to the New Jersey Appellate Division documents from the record made in the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial court but which the appellant failed to include in its appendix.

WHAT IF I WANT TO APPEAL A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURT DECISION THAT IS NOT FINAL AS TO ALL ISSUES AND PARTIES IN A CASE (INTERLOCUTORY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEALS)?
Many New Jersey Special Civil Part court decisions fail to decide all issues in a case as to all parties and thus, are not generally considered New Jersey Special Civil Part “final” judgments or orders. If you do not have a New Jersey Special Civil Part final judgment or order, you do not likely have standing to take a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal and you usually must take further steps, such as filing a motion, to perfect your New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal. New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals of decisions that do not resolve all issues in the case as to all parties are called “interlocutory appeals”. New Jersey Special Civil Part interlocutory appeals generally require the Special Civil party taking the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal to file a motion with the New Jersey Appellate Division asking it to permit the Special Civil party appealing to appeal the decision. Certain motions must be made within 20 days of the service of the New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision. Motion practice in the New Jersey Appellate Division has its own set of rules that a party must follow when filing such motions. Another approach that might be available to a party seeking to appeal an order which is not considered final is to file a motion with the Special Civil Court asking it to “certify” the New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision that you seek to appeal as “final.” The motion may have to be made within 20 days of the service of the New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision. If you make a motion for certification of a judgment, order or decision and it is granted, then you may file a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal in normal fashion without having to file a motion with the New Jersey Appellate Division for it to consider whether to accept an interlocutory New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal.

WHAT IF I WANT TO APPEAL A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURT DECISION BUT I AM NOT SURE WHETHER IT IS FINAL AS TO ALL ISSUES AND PARTIES IN A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART CASE?
It is often quite difficult to determine whether a particular New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision is final or interlocutory. In fact, it is not unusual for attorneys and even judges to incorrectly decide that a particular New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision is final when in fact it is not! If you are taking a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal and are unsure if the New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision is in fact final, you could file with the New Jersey Appellate Division a New Jersey Notice of Appeal and a motion for leave to appeal at the same time. If you decide to do this, keep in mind the deadline for filing motions with the New Jersey Appellate Division, which differ from the deadlines for filing New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals from final judgments, orders or decisions.

DO I HAVE TO FILE A NEW JERSEY NOTICE OF APPEAL IF THE NEW JERSEY COURT GRANTS MY MOTION TO TAKE AN INTERLOCUTORY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL OR TO PROCEED AS AN INDIGENT?
An order of the New Jersey Appellate Division granting an interlocutory New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal or on a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal by an indigent, waiving the payment of filing fees and the deposit for costs shall serve as the New Jersey Notice of Appeal if no Notice of Appeal has been filed and except as otherwise provided by the New Jersey Appellate Division Court Rules (such as Rule 2:7-1), the date of the order is deemed to be the date of the filing of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal for purposes of New Jersey Appellate Division Court Rules. However, within 10 days of the entry of such order, the appellant must file and serve the prescribed Appellate Division Case Information Statement in accordance with the New Jersey Appellate Court Rules. Upon the entry of such order, the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal shall be deemed pending and the appellant, or the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office ( if the appellant appears pro se) shall immediately so notify all parties or their attorneys; the clerk of the New Jersey court or state administrative agency or officer from which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is taken; the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge if the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is from a judgment or order of a Special Civil Court sitting without a jury or if in an action tried with a jury and the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is from an order granting or denying a new trial or a motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. The New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge shall file an opinion or may supplement a filed opinion as provided by the New Jersey Appellate Division Court Rules.

IF SOMEONE FILES A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL, DOES THAT FILING AUTOMATICALLY SUSPEND OR TEMPORARILY STOP THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL COURT’S JUDGMENT, ORDER OR DECISION (STAY PENDING NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL)?
The filing of a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal and the filing of a motion for leave to appeal does not automatically suspend, or stop (stay) the New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision being New Jersey Special Civil Part Appealed. As a general rule, the Special civil appealing party’s obligation to perform under the New Jersey Special Civil Part order, judgment or decision appealed from is not automatically stayed by the filing of a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal. If, however, the New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision is not stayed and is partially satisfied by execution pending New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, restitution may be necessary, such as if the New Jersey Special Civil Part judgment is thereafter reversed (even where the Special Civil party filing the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal never filed a supersedeas bond nor made a cash deposit). To secure a stay of the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial court’s judgment, order or decision, the Special Civil party taking a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal may have to file a motion with the New Jersey court asking it to stay the New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision. Even if the New Jersey court decides to enter a stay pending the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, before permitting a stay, the New Jersey court may decide to require security for the New Jersey Special Civil Judgment, Special Civil order or Special Civil decision, such as the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal of a judgment or order for payment of a sum of money or which adjudicates rights and liabilities in respect of property, the stay must be supported by a bond or cash deposit unless the New Jersey court otherwise orders for good cause shown. A bond or deposit may also be required as a condition for staying other types of New Jersey Special Civil Part decisions, judgments or orders. If the motion for a stay is made before the New Jersey Appellate Division schedules a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal for oral argument, the applications for the stay is most often made to the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial court instead of the New Jersey Appellate Division.

WHAT IF I FACE AN EMERGENCY RELATED TO MY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL OR I MUST IMMEDIATELY SUSPEND OR TEMPORARILY STOP ENFORCEMENT OF A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURT’S JUDGMENT, ORDER OR DECISION?
If you have an emergency concerning your New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal or you must seek to immediately suspend or temporarily stop enforcement of a New Jersey Special Civil Part trial court’s judgment, order or decision, you may want to make a motion for emergency relief (“emergent relief”). Those seeking emergent relief should contact the Superior Court Clerk's Office where the New Jersey New Jersey Special Civil Part trial court sits to find out the particular judge handling emergent requests for that court. If the Special Civil Court denies the motion and the Special Civil party seeking relief believes that the motion was improperly denied, the Special Civil party should file a motion for emergent relief with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office.

WHAT IF MY CORPORATION OR COMPANY WANTS TO TAKE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL?
If you are a shareholder in a corporation or company, the corporation or company is generally not permitted to file its own papers with the New Jersey Appellate Division unless they are represented by a New Jersey attorney. There may be exceptions to these rules but corporations or companies trying to file a civil New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal when unrepresented by an attorney should first consult with a licensed New Jersey attorney familiar with New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE FILING FEES FOR A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL?
If you had indigent status in the New Jersey Special Civil Part (meaning that you could not pay your filing fees) and if you submit a copy of the order providing you that status and an affidavit stating your status has not changed since the entry of the order, the New Jersey Appellate Division may permit you to continue as an indigent for the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal. If you are seeking indigent status for the first time during the filing of your New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, you shall have to file a motion with the New Jersey Appellate Division asking for indigent status. Indigent status might only relieve you from paying filing fees – if you are taking the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, you may still have to pay for the Special Civil Court transcript of the hearing or trial that is being New Jersey Special Civil Part Appealed.

WILL THE NEW JERSEY COURT APPOINT AN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT ME IN MY CIVIL NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL?
It is uncommon for the New Jersey Appellate Division to appoint attorneys free of charge to represent parties involved in civil New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals

WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT FOR THE COSTS OF THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL?
In most New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals, in addition to filing fees, the Special Civil party taking the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal must deposit a sum of money with the New Jersey Appellate Division for the “costs” of the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal. The sum must be deposited within 30 days of the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal’s filing. There are exceptions to this rule and you should consult with a licensed New Jersey attorney familiar with New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals to learn more about such exceptions.

WHAT IF I NEED MORE TIME TO PREPARE AND FILE MY NEW JERSEY APPELLATE BRIEF?
If you get your opponent’s consent, the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office normally provides one 30 day extension. To get the extension, you must submit to the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office a letter stating your reason for the request and explaining that your opponent does not object. The Special Civil party seeking the adjournment must send a copy of that letter to their opponent. Additional extensions may be granted if a formal motion is made to the New Jersey Appellate Division.

WHAT IS THE “RECORD” IN A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL”?
The record on New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal consists of all papers on file in the New Jersey court or courts or agencies below, with all entries as to matters made on the records of such courts and agencies, the stenographic transcript or statement of the proceedings therein, and all papers filed with or entries made on the records of the appellate court. Certain portions of the record must be included in the appendix filed by the appellant. The clerk of the New Jersey Special Civil Part or the clerk of the New Jersey Appellate Division (if the original transcript is on file there) shall on request deliver the original transcript to the appellant in exchange for a copy. The remainder of the record shall be retained by the clerk except that the attorney for any party may be permitted to make use of any portion of the record in the office of the clerk and remove the original from that office, provided a copy thereof remains on file. The failure to return such record may constitute contempt of court. On the request of a party or of a judge of the New Jersey Appellate Division, the clerk of the New Jersey court or courts below from which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is taken shall deliver to the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office for use by counsel at the argument or for the personal inspection by the New Jersey Appellate Court judges such portions of the records as they designate.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION APPENDIX AND HOW IS IT PREPARED?
Since every New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is unique, it is impossible to explain everything that has to be included in an appendix for a particular New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal. Whenever possible counsel shall agree upon a joint appendix, which shall be bound separately and if the parties agree to a joint appendix, they shall share the cost between themselves. The following is a partial list of what to include and how to prepare an appendix:
• the complete pretrial order, if any, and the pleadings
• the New Jersey Special Civil Part judgment, order or determination New Jersey Special Civil Part Appealed from or sought to be reviewed or enforced, including the jury verdict sheet, if any
• the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial judge's charge to the jury, if at issue, and any opinions or statement of findings and conclusions
• the statement of proceedings in lieu of record made pursuant to New Jersey Court Rule 2:5-3(f)
• the notice or notices of New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal
• the Special Civil Court transcript delivery certification prescribed by New Jersey Court Rule 2:5-3(e)
• any unpublished opinions cited pursuant to New Jersey Court Rule 1:36-3
• such other parts of the record, excluding the stenographic transcript, as are essential to the proper consideration of the issues, including such parts as the appellant should reasonably assume will be relied upon by the respondent in meeting the issues raised.
• If the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is from a summary judgment, the appendix shall also include a statement of all items submitted to the New Jersey court on the summary judgment motion and all such items shall be included in the appendix
• briefs in support of and opposition to motions shall be included only if the brief is referred to in the decision of the New Jersey court or agency or the question of whether an issue was raised in the Special Civil Court is germane to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, in which event only the material pertinent to that issue shall be included.
• A document that is included in appellant's appendix shall not also be included in respondent's appendix unless appellant's appendix includes only a portion of the document and the complete document is required for a full understanding of the issues presented.
• If the same document has been annexed to more than one pleading or motion filed in the Special Civil Court, the document shall be reproduced in the appendix only with the first such pleading or motion and shall be referred to thereafter only by notation to the appendix page on which it appears.
• Documents included in the appendix shall be abridged by omitting all irrelevant or formal portions, with asterisks being used to indicate omissions.
• The filing date of each included paper shall be stated at the head of the copy as well as its subject matter (e.g., Pretrial Order, Notice of Appeal).
• Each page shall be numbered consecutively followed by the letter "a" to indicate the appendix (e.g., 1a, 2a, etc.).
• The appendix may be bound with the brief or separately, into volumes containing no more than 200 sheets each. If bound with the brief, it shall follow the brief, but there shall be a single table of contents of the brief and appendix. If bound separately it shall be prefaced with a table of contents. The table of contents shall indicate the initial page of
each document, exhibit or other paper included, and the pages of the stenographic record at which each exhibit was marked for identification and was offered into evidence.
• Attachments to a document by way of affidavits, exhibits or otherwise shall each be separately identified in the table of contents and the initial page of each such attachment noted therein.
• If there are multiple volumes of the appendix, each volume shall contain a full table of contents and shall specify on its cover the appendix pages included therein.

WHAT IF THERE ARE FACTS, DOCUMENTS OR EVIDENCE THAT I NEED TO REFER TO IN MY NEW JERSEY APPELLATE BRIEF OR THAT I NEED TO INCLUDE IN MY APPENDIX BUT THAT WERE NEVER PRESENTED TO OR FILED WITH THE SPECIAL CIVIL COURT?
Parties involved in a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal are generally required to only discuss facts, documents or evidence appearing in the Special Civil Court’s record of the case. Parties who attempt to present facts or evidence or documents to the New Jersey Appellate Division that were never submitted to the Special Civil Court prior to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal could face severe penalties. If you want to discuss such facts, documents or evidence, you shall likely need to file a motion either with the Special Civil Court and/or with the New Jersey Appellate Division, such as a motion to expand the record. In some cases, it may be necessary to make a motion seeking to return the matter to the Special Civil Court and to require it to make further evidentiary findings.

A party to a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal who questions whether the record fully and truly discloses what occurred in the New Jersey court or agency below shall, except as otherwise provided by the New Jersey Appellate Division Court Rules, make a motion to the Special Civil Court or agency to settle the record. Thereafter, if the appellant is denied and makes a similar motion to the New Jersey Appellate Division Court which may order a correction of the record or direct the Special Civil Court or agency to do so. The making of such a motion tolls the time for serving and filing the next brief due but the remaining time shall again begin to run from the date of entry of an order disposing of such a motion. If the proceedings were sound or video recorded, a party, prior to moving for an order settling the record, may, on notice to all other parties, request the clerk of the New Jersey court in which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is pending to review the tape thereof to determine whether a particular portion of the Special Civil Court transcript accurately transcribed what was said by a participant. The clerk shall notify all parties of the determination, requesting that any objection be submitted in writing within ten days of the notification. If no timely written objection is received, the Special Civil Court transcript shall be deemed so corrected and a copy of the notification shall be filed. If a party timely objects in writing, that party shall move for correction of the Special Civil Court transcript in the New Jersey court or agency from which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is taken; however, if the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal has already been calendared, the motion shall be made to the New Jersey court in which the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is pending.

IF I AM RESPONDING TO A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL IN THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION, DO I HAVE TO PREPARE MY OWN APPENDIX?
If a respondent is not satisfied with the contents of a New Jersey appellant’s appendix, the respondent should seriously consider preparing and filing their own appendix, such as where they wish to present to the New Jersey Appellate Division documents from the record made in the Special Civil Court but which the appellant failed to include in its appendix.

WHAT IF A NEW CASE OR LAW IS DECIDED AFTER I FILE MY APPELLATE BRIEF AND ANY REPLY BRIEF ALLOWED BY THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION COURT RULES AND THE NEW CASE COULD AFFECT MY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL AND I NEED TO ADVISE THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION ABOUT THAT NEW CASE OR LAW?
Normally, parties involved in a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal are not allowed to submit more briefs beyond what is specifically allowed by the New Jersey Appellate Division Court Rules. However, if a new case or law is decided while the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal is waiting to be heard and after a party affected by the new case or law has filed all papers with the New Jersey court that the rules permit, the Special Civil party may serve on all other parties and file with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office a letter advising the New Jersey court of the new case or law. Within 5 days of receiving that letter, any other party may serve on all opponents and file with the New Jersey Appellate Division’s Clerk’s Office a letter responding to the first letter.

DOES THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION AUTOMATICALLY SCHEDULE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEALS TO BE ARGUED ORALLY?
No. However, any party involved in a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal may request oral argument by filing a request for oral argument within a specific time frame. This is done by filing with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's office, no later than 14 days after service of party responding to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal's brief, a separate paper containing the case caption and requesting oral argument. Parties involved in New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals that are to be orally argued need to advise the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office of any dates on which the parties are unavailable by sending the Clerk a letter and forwarding a copy of that letter to all of the Special Civil party’s opponents.

DOES THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION AUTOMATICALLY SCHEDULE MOTIONS TO BE ARGUED ORALLY?
No. Appellate Division motions are normally decided “on the papers” which means based on the papers submitted to the New Jersey Appellate Division by the parties and without any argument by the parties or their attorneys. Parties seeking oral argument on Appellate Division motions must include a request for oral argument in their motion papers. However, merely making the request in the motion papers does not assure that the New Jersey Appellate Division will grant the request, since the New Jersey Appellate Division rarely allows oral argument on motions that it hears.

WHAT IF, AFTER FILING A NEW JERSEY NOTICE OF APPEAL, I DECIDE THAT I WANT TO ABANDON OR DROP MY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL?
A party taking a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal may withdraw or dismiss its New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, without the consent of the Special Civil party’s opponents, at any time before the first brief is filed. This is done by forwarding a letter to the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office advising the New Jersey court of this decision, by forwarding copies of the letter on the Special Civil party’s adversaries and by filing a proof of service of the letter with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office. After the first brief is filed in the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, all parties involved in the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal (or their attorneys) must sign a stipulation of dismissal and that signed stipulation must be filed with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office.

WHAT ARE SOME MISTAKES IN THE FORMAT OF NEW JERSEY APPELLATE PAPERS FILED IN THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION?
• Submitting handwritten briefs.
• Submitting appendices and exhibits that are difficult to read.
• Failing to include covers on briefs and appendices of the proper material.
• Failing to fasten papers properly to prevent loss of pages.
• Failing to include the name, address and telephone numbers on papers submitted to the New Jersey Appellate Division
• Submitting briefs that exceed page limits.

CONTENTS & FORMAT CHECKLIST FOR NEW JERSEY APPELLATE BRIEFS & APPENDICIES FILED IN THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION
• Type the appellate brief on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and use the proper typefont (12 point courier) and margins (1 inch) and each page may contain no more than 26 double
spaced lines of no more than 65 characters, including spaces.
• Make sure the brief and all documents included in the appendix are able to be read
• Use white covers for appellant's brief
• Use blue covers for party responding to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal's brief
• Use buff covers for appellant's reply brief.
• file five copies of your brief and appendix with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office
• serve two copies of your brief and appendix with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office
• file with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office a proof of service of your service of the your brief
• If brief and appendix are bound together, the brief and appendix share one table of contents
• If the appendix is bound separately, the brief and appendix have separate
tables of contents.
• The brief’s table of contents should include the point headings of the legal arguments contained in the brief.
• The appendix table of contents must indicate the first page of each document in the appendix.
• the filing date of each document in the appendix must be put at the head of the
• page where the document first appears.
• When putting documents into the appendix, use documents that were actually filed or provided to the Special Civil Court instead of drafts
• Include in the appendix all the relevant documents necessary for the New Jersey Appellate Division to decide the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, including the New Jersey Special Civil Part judgment, decision or order New Jersey Special Civil Part Appealed from and the Special Civil Court’s opinion or statement of findings, if any, any pretrial order, the complaint, answers and a copy of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal. If the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal concerns the denial or granting of a specific motion or motions, include the motion papers (but generally speaking, motion briefs submitted to the Special Civil Courts are excluded from appendicies).
• If the Special Civil Court delivered its opinion, findings or conclusions orally, submit the Special Civil Court transcript of that hearing to the New Jersey Appellate Division. If that transcript is not being filed with the New Jersey Appellate Division separately from the appendix, it should be included in the appendix and clearly identified in the appendix table of contents and the procedural history in the brief.
• If the Special Civil Court’s opinion was published as legal authority, provide the opinion’s citation to the New Jersey Appellate Division.
• If the exhibits are too large to include in the appendix, the Special Civil party preparing the appendix may submit a letter to the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office (and that party must also send a copy of the letter to their opponent), which identifies the exhibits and their approximate size and bulk. After receiving the letter, the New Jersey Appellate Division will tell the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office to advise the Special Civil party making the request if the New Jersey Appellate Division needs to see these exhibits and if so, when and where to deliver them.
• Don’t include more than 200 in a single volume of the appendix. If the appendix and brief combined exceed this page limit, they must be bound separately.
• Appendix pages are numbered consecutively followed by the
letter "a" (e.g. 1a, 2a, etc.). If plaintiffs and defendants submit their own appendicies, it is advisable to number the pages of the different appendicies with “da” for defendants and “pa” for plaintiffs.
• Each party’s appellate briefs cannot exceed 65 pages
• Reply briefs cannot exceed 20 pages
• The briefs of parties responding to a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal/cross-appellant's brief filed pursuant to R. 2:6-2(d) cannot exceed 90 pages.
• The brief of an appellant/crossparty responding to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal's brief pursuant to R. 2:6-4(e) cannot exceed 65 pages.
• The appellate brief must include a carefully drafted procedural history supported by citations to the appellate record and that does not include any legal arguments.
• The appellate brief must include a carefully drafted statement of facts supported by citations to the appellate record and that does not include any legal arguments. This statement should discuss the facts that the New Jersey Appellate Division needs to decide the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal.
• The appellate brief must include a legal argument section for each legal argument raised on the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal. These sections should not overlap one another but instead, should be strictly limited to the point to which the section pertains. Normally, the legal argument sections of briefs include citations to cases, statutes, court rules and other authorities that might support the Special Civil party’s arguments. These citations should be in the format specifically required by the New Jersey court rules.
• Avoid any references in the appellate brief to any fact or evidence never submitted as part of the Special Civil Court’s record and that is not included in the appendix.

CHECKLIST FOR NEW JERSEY APPELLATE MOTIONS FILED IN THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION
• each document submitted to the New Jersey court must contain the name, address and telephone numbers of the moving party
• each document submitted to the New Jersey court must contain the case caption
• documents submitted to the New Jersey court should be dated and signed
• notice of motion specifically stating the relief being sought
• brief explaining the reasons for making the motion. The brief shall not exceed 25 pages.
• white covers for movant's brief covers.
• blue covers for movant's brief covers.
• proof of service stating that two copies of the motion was served on the moving party’s opponent
• file the original and four copies of the entire motion package with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office.
• If the motion seeks additional time to file papers (such as a brief), state the date by which the moving party can file the papers
• If the motion seeks additional time to file other papers (such as a brief), it is often best to begin preparing those papers so that if the motion is granted the moving party shall be able to meet the New Jersey Appellate Division’s old deadline or if the motion is granted, the new deadline set by the New Jersey Appellate Division
• If you want oral argument on your motion, include a request for such argument in your motion papers

DEADLINES FOR FILING AND SERVING NEW JERSEY APPELLATE PAPERS IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, APPELLATE DIVISION
• within 10 days of the Special civil appealing party’s receiving the complete transcript, but no later than at the time of filing the Special civil appealing party's brief, the Special civil appealing party must provide one copy of the Special Civil Court transcript to any one party responding to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, to be shared by all the Special Civil party responding to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeals.
• the Special civil appealing party must serve and file a brief and appendix either: (1) within 45 days after the delivery of the Special Civil Court transcript, if a verbatim record was made of the proceedings below; (2) if the Special Civil Court transcript was delivered prior to the filing of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal or if no verbatim record was made of the proceedings below, within 45 days of the filing of the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal; (3) on a New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal from a State administrative agency, within the above time frame or in 45 days after the Attorney General serves and files the statement of the items comprising the record on New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal, whichever is later.
• A party responding to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal shall serve and file a brief and appendix, if any, in 30 days after receiving the Special civil appealing party's brief and appendix.
• The Special civil appealing party may serve and file a reply brief within 10 days after receiving the
party responding to the New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal's brief.
• If there is a Cross Appeal before the New Jersey Appellate Division in your case, the briefing schedule is similar to that outlined above but the Special civil appealing party has 30 days to file a brief in response to the Cross Appeal and the Special Civil party responding to the original New Jersey Special Civil Part Appeal has 10 days to file a reply.
• Regardless of the above deadlines, the New Jersey Appellate Division often sets different deadlines from those identified above. The New Jersey Appellate Division does this by entering a separate scheduling order. When it enters a scheduling order, the deadlines stated in that order control the parties’ deadlines. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS FIND OUT FROM THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION CLERK’S OFFICE IF A SCHEDULING ORDER WAS ENTERED BY THAT CLERK AFTER THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEAL WAS FILED!

WHY SHOULD SPECIAL CIVIL PRO SE PARTIES SEEK HELP FROM A SPECIAL CIVIL LAWYER?
Handling your Special Civil case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent Special Civil lawyer!
Many Special Civil pro se parties make the mistake of not consulting a Special Civil lawyer before filing Special Civil papers only to later learn that the Special Civil pro se parties made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their Special Civil case. 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. Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your Special Civil Case. Not all Special Civil 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 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 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 SPECIAL CIVIL CASE?
Handling your Special Civil case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent Special Civil lawyer!
Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your Special Civil Case. Not all Special Civil 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 an 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 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 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.
• a 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 courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the New Jersey Special Civil trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often parties stumble into New Jersey Special Civil with a video, photograph, bill or 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 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 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 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 an attorney, you could lose your New Jersey Special Civil case. Hiring an 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 Special Civil Cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County to Cumberland County, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled Special Civil 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 Special Civil 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 AN 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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