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What Happens At The Monmouth County Special Civil Part Trial?

WHAT HAPPENS AT A MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL?


WHAT IS THE MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
The Monmouth County Special Civil Part is a subpart of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division.  In the Monmouth County Special Civil Part, disputes involving a limited amount of money -- $15,000 or less – may be heard.   This article does not attempt to discuss all of the details of cases heard in the small claims section or landlord tenant part of the Monmouth County Special Civil Part.  This article does not attempt to discuss small claims disputes or landlord tenant cases.


WHERE IS THE MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURTHOUSE?
Monmouth County Courthouse 
P.O. Box 1270 
Freehold, NJ 07728 
Civil Actions: 732-677-4223 
Small Claims: 732-677-4292 
Landlord Tenancy: 732-677-4285 


DIRECTIONS TO MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURTHOUSE
From Middlesex and Northern Monmouth Counties: 
Take U.S. 9 South to Route 33 East (near Freehold Raceway). 
From Route 33 East, turn left onto Main St. (1st traffic light). 
From Main St., turn left onto Court St. (5 blocks from Route 33). 
Follow Court St. to the Courthouse on the right. From N.J. Turnpike, Northern N.J.: 


Take Exit 11 to Graden State Parkway South. 
Take Parkway Exit 123 (just south of Raritan Toll Plaza) to Route 9 South. 
Proceed as in from Middlesex and Northern Monmouth counties. 
From Garden State Parkway, Northern N.J.: 
Take Exit 123 (just south of Raritan Toll Plaza) to Route 9 South. 
Proceed as in from Middlesex and Northern Monmouth counties. 


From N.J. Turnpike, Southern N.J.: 
Take Exit 8 to Route 33 East (follow the signs for Freehold Business District); continue on Route 33 past the junctions of U.S. 9 (near Freehold Raceway).
From Route 33 East, turn left onto Main St. (1st traffic light). 
From Main St., turn left onto Court St. (5 blocks from Route 33). 
Follow Court St. to the Courthouse on the right. From Garden State Parkway, Southern N.J.: 
Take Exit 100B to Route 33 West; follow Route 33 West into Freehold. 
From Route 33 West, turn right onto Main St. 
From Main St., turn left onto Court St. 
Follow Court St. to the Courthouse on the right. From Route 18 South or Route 34 South: 
Take C.R. 537 West (towards Freehold). 
Follow C.R. 537 West into Freehold, where it becomes Main St. 
From Main St. turn right onto Court St. (Hall of Records is at the corner, on the right).
Follow Court St. to the Courthouse on right.


WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
The Monmouth County Superior Court is normally open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOWNS AND CITIES LOCATED IN MONMOUTH COUNTY AND THAT MAY BE SUBJECT TO MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART JURISDICTION?
The following is a list of some of the towns and cities located in Monmouth County and that may be subject to Monmouth County Special Civil Part jurisdiction:
Aberdeen Township (50) 
Cliffwood Beach
Strathmore
Allenhurst (14)
Allentown (38)
Asbury Park (11) (city)
Atlantic Highlands (29)
Avon-by-the-Sea (8)
Belmar (7)
Bradley Beach (10)
Brielle (1)
Colts Neck Township (47)
Deal (15)
Eatontown (24)
Englishtown (36)
Fair Haven (20)
Farmingdale (34)
Freehold Borough (35)
Manalapan Township (41) 
Millhurst
Freehold Township (42) 
East Freehold
West Freehold
Hazlet Township (53) 
West Keansburg
Highlands (28)
Holmdel Township (51)
Howell Township (43) 
Ramtown
Interlaken (13)
Keansburg (30)
Keyport (32)
Lake Como (6)
Little Silver (21)
Loch Arbour (12)
Long Branch (16) 
East Long Branch
Elberon
North Long Branch
Pier Village
West End
Taylors Mills
Tennent
Yorketown
Manasquan (2)
Marlboro Township (49) 
Beacon Hill
Bradevelt
Morganville
Pleasant Valley
Robertsville
Spring Valley
Wickatunk
Matawan (33)
Middletown Township (52) 
Chapel Hill
Belford
Fairview
Leonardo
Lincroft
Navesink
New Monmouth
North Middletown
Port Monmouth
River Plaza
Sandy Hook
Millstone Township (40) 
Holmeson
Monmouth Beach (17)
Neptune City (9)
Neptune Township (45) 
Ocean Grove
Shark River Hills
Ocean Township (46) 
Oakhurst
Wanamassa
Wayside
West Allenhurst
Oceanport (22)
Red Bank (26)
Roosevelt (37)
Rumson (19)
Sea Bright (18)
Sea Girt (3)
Shrewsbury (25)
Shrewsbury Township (48)
Spring Lake (5)
Spring Lake Heights (4)
Tinton Falls (27)
Union Beach (31)
Upper Freehold Township (39)
Wall Township (44) 
Allenwood
West Belmar
West Long Branch (23)



WHAT TYPES OF CLAIMS ARE USUALLY FILED IN MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
The following types of claims are usually filed in Monmouth County Special Civil Part:
Contract disputes
Property damage disputes, such as car accidents where only property is damaged (and persons do not sustain serious personal injuries)
Bill collection disputes
Security deposit disputes
Disputes between consumers and merchants involving unsatisfactory goods or services


WHAT MATTERS ARE HEARD IN MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL COURT?
The Monmouth County Special Civil Court hears the following types of New Jersey cases:
(1) Civil actions (exclusive of professional malpractice, probate, and matters cognizable in the Family Division or Tax Court) seeking legal relief when the amount in controversy does not exceed $15,000;
(2) Small claims actions, which are defined as all actions in contract and tort (exclusive of professional malpractice, probate, and matters cognizable in the Family Division or Tax Court) and actions between a landlord and tenant for rent, or money damages, when the amount in dispute, including any applicable penalties, does not exceed, exclusive of costs, the sum of $3,000. Small claims also include actions for the return of all or part of a security deposit when the amount in dispute, including any applicable penalties, does not exceed, exclusive of costs, the sum of $5,000. The Small Claims Section may provide such ancillary equitable relief as may be necessary to effect a complete remedy. Actions in lieu of prerogative writs and actions in which the primary relief sought is equitable in nature are excluded from the Small Claims Section;
(3) Summary landlord/tenant actions;
(4) Summary actions for the possession of real property pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:35-1 et seq., where the defendant has no colorable claim of title or possession, or pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:39-1 et seq.; 
(5) Summary proceedings for the collection of statutory penalties not exceeding $15,000 per complaint;
(6) Municipal court actions, pursuant to R. 7:1, in the counties of Bergen, Hudson and Warren.
(b) Distinct Negligence Claims. An action for damages resulting from negligence composed of several distinct claims may be brought in the Monmouth County Special Civil Part if the amount recoverable on each claim is within the monetary limit even though the amount recoverable on all claims exceeds that limit.
(c) Waiver of Excess. Where the amount recoverable on a claim exceeds the monetary limit of the Monmouth County Special Civil Part or the Small Claims Section, the party asserting the claim shall not recover a sum exceeding the limit plus costs and on the entry of judgment shall be deemed to have waived the excess over the applicable limit.


WHAT HAPPENS AT A MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL? 
Many people ask what happens at a Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial?   You must appear at Monmouth County Special Civil Part court in the proper courtroom.    Usually, many cases are heard on the day that your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case is called for trial and it is not uncommon for many people to wait in a single courtroom for their Monmouth County Special Civil Part case to be called.  You must be on time to avoid losing your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case!  It is best to arrive early to Monmouth County Special Civil Part court, since it is not unusual for the Monmouth County Special Civil Part courtroom’s seats to fill up quickly!   


BE PREPARED TO TRY YOUR MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL 
Many people think they just file a complaint or answer and then show up in Monmouth County Special Civil Part court with papers and tell their story.  They do not actually know what happens at a Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial.  This is not always how Monmouth County Special Civil Part trials work!   Never assume you can just show up to Monmouth County Special Civil Court with documents and use them to support your Monmouth County Special Civil Part Trial of your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case or even refer to them at your Monmouth County Special Civil Part Trial.  While it is true that you must bring all documents, photographs, videos and other items with you to your Monmouth County Special Civil Part Trial that are necessary to prove your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case (preferably originals), even if you bring such documents and items to Monmouth County Special Civil Court, the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court may refuse to allow you to use them at your Monmouth County 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 Monmouth County Special Civil Part Trial.  Accordingly, before trial, you must consult all of the New Jersey Court Rules to determine how you intend to get your documents and items into evidence or how to properly use them at your Monmouth County Special Civil Part Trial.  Hearsay rules of evidence are particularly troublesome and you should study them carefully before trial.  For example, it is very common for courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items that the person themselves never prepared.  Often parties stumble into Monmouth County Special Civil Court 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 Monmouth County Special Civil judge tell the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.  Without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by your Monmouth County Special Civil Part court.  Written requests for information served and answered in advance of a Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial are often useful tools to get the information needed before a Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial to prove a case or a defense.


AM I GUARANTED TO HAVE MY MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL ON THE DATE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED?
Monmouth County Special Civil Part trials can be very complex and time consuming – sometimes they take all day or more than one day to complete.  Also, it is very common for Monmouth County Special Civil Part trials to get adjourned because someone is not ready to present their Monmouth County Special Civil Part case for a valid reason (but you can never expect that you shall automatically get an adjournment and you must always be fully ready to try your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case on the date that the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial is scheduled since courts often refuse adjournment requests and dismiss cases if parties are not prepared to proceed with their Monmouth County Special Civil Part case or defense on the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial date).   It is not unusual for a Monmouth County Special Civil judge hearing trials in the Monmouth County Special Civil Part to decide to tell a Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff and Monmouth County Special Civil defendant in a case to return to the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court on another day to have their trial because the Monmouth County Special Civil judge does not have time to handle the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial on the date originally scheduled.   Sometimes, a party will ask the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court for an adjournment and the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court grants that adjournment but in violation of the Court rules, the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant that did not request the adjournment is not told that the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial is adjourned! To avoid unnecessary trips to the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court, it is best to call one or two days before trial to make certain that the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial has not been rescheduled without your knowledge.  If no dismissal or default is entered in your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case, you must be prepared to present your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case or defense.  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 Monmouth County Special Civil Part case.  A court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their Monmouth County Special Civil Part case out of court or limiting what they can present at the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial.  You must bring all documents, photographs, videos and other items with you to the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial that are necessary to prove your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case (preferably originals).  Even if you bring such documents and items to Monmouth County Special Civil Court, the Monmouth County Special Civil Part may refuse to allow you to use them at your trial.  Monmouth County has many 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 the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial.  Accordingly, before trial, you must consult all of these rules to determine how you intend to get your documents and items into evidence or how to properly use them at the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial.  Hearsay rules of evidence are particularly troublesome and you should study them carefully before your Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial.  For example, it is very common for Monmouth County Special Civil Part courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items that the person themselves never prepared.  Often parties stumble into Monmouth County Special Civil Part court 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 Monmouth County Special Civil judge tell the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant 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 Monmouth County Special Civil Part.  Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at your Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Monmouth County Special Civil Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.  While there are exceptions, evidence is most frequently admitted to the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court by calling witness to testify before the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court.  It is best to have your questions for any witnesses prepared in advance.  During a Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial parties normally call witnesses and prevent evidence about their dispute and argue legal issues in support of their positions.  The Monmouth County Special Civil judge hearing A Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial may ask questions of the witnesses.  At the end of the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial, the Monmouth County Special Civil Part normally enters a Monmouth County Special Civil judgment for or against you.  The Monmouth County Special Civil Part may also withhold or “reserve” judgment for a later date, which normally results in the Monmouth County Special Civil Part taking time to write up its reasons for its decision and mailing it to the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant’s’ last known addresses (or to their attorneys, if they are represented).  


WILL MY MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL BE DECIDED BY A MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL JUDGE OR A JURY?
Most Monmouth County Special Civil Part trials are decided only by a Monmouth County Special Civil judge.  Normally, you can’t show up at the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial and request a Monmouth County Special Civil jury trial – the request must be made when you file your Monmouth County Special Civil Part complaint or answer to the Monmouth County Special Civil Part complaint with the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court and it normally requires a written request and payment of an extra Monmouth County Special Civil court fee.   A written demand for a Monmouth County Special Civil jury trial is filed with the Monmouth County Special Civil Part in the county where the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case is to be heard and served upon opposing parties not later than 10 days after the time provided for the Monmouth County Special Civil defendant to answer.  If Monmouth County Special Civil defendant files a counterclaim and Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff wants a Monmouth County Special Civil jury trial but did not originally request a Monmouth County Special Civil jury trial when they filed their Monmouth County Special Civil Part complaint, the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff may file with the Monmouth County Special Civil Part in the county where the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case is to be heard and serve on their opponents the Monmouth County Special Civil jury trial demand no later than 10 days after the time provided for the service of a defensive pleading to the counterclaim.  In cases being heard by in the Small Claims Section, Monmouth County Special Civil defendant must file the demand and serve it on their opponent and pay the necessary Monmouth County Special Civil court fee at least five days before the return day of the summons, which shall cause the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court to transfer the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case to the Special Civil Part.


If you or Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff opponent or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant properly requested a Monmouth County Special Civil jury trial and paid the necessary Monmouth County Special Civil court fee, unless the Monmouth County Special Civil judge throws your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case out of court for some reason, the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case is tried by a Monmouth County Special Civil judge deciding the legal issues and a jury deciding the factual issues.  Parties may withdraw their demand for a Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial if all parties to the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case agree to the withdrawal, in which case the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case will be decided by a Monmouth County Special Civil judge alone.  Judges may decide to on their own to order a Monmouth County Special Civil jury trial (very rare). 


IF I AM A MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PLAINTIFF OR MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL DEFENDANT IN A MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL, WILL THE OTHER SIDE HAVE AN ATTORNEY?
If you are not represented by an attorney in A Monmouth County Special Civil Part case, you are called a “pro se litigant”.  While people can and often do represent themselves Monmouth County Special Civil Part court, their opponent may be represented by an attorney, which often places the unrepresented party at a major disadvantage.  If possible, hire an attorney to at least prepare any necessary court paperwork and if you can afford it, to also appear and represent you in court at any motions or Monmouth County Special Civil trials.   The proper preparation of legal papers and preparation of a case for a Monmouth County Special Civil trial often requires knowledge of legal issues that only attorneys have.  Court rules and evidence rules are often complex and accordingly, are often difficult to follow.  Monmouth County Special Civil trials can be very complex and time consuming – sometimes they take all day or more than one day to complete.  People who are not attorneys licensed to practice law in Monmouth County are not able to give you legal advice about special civil disputes that are heard by Monmouth County courts, regardless of whether the people work for a court or work for an attorney.  If a party is represented by an attorney in A Monmouth County Special Civil Part dispute, you must generally avoid having oral or written contact regarding the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case with the represented party and instead, must make all communications involving the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case through the represented party’s attorney.


WILL I HAVE A CHANCE TO SETTLE MY MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL CASE BEFORE MY TRIAL IN THE MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
Nobody is forced to settle their the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial!  Don’t go to the trial just assuming that you will settle the case before the trial!  In most cases, before the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial occurs, the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant must mediate their dispute.  Mediation is an informal hearing normally held in a conference room.  You and the other Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant and any attorneys involved in the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case appear at the mediation.  The mediation is conducted by a neutral court appointed mediator.  The mediator is trained in resolving disputes through the process of mediation.  Accordingly, the mediator attempts to resolve the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case by suggesting a possible settlement to both parties.  During the mediation, none of the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant is required to settle the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case.  Indeed, one or all of the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant may not even make any offer to settle.   Note that cases do not always undergo mediation.  If the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case cannot be settled before a Monmouth County Special Civil trial and your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case is called to be tried, you must be prepared to present your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case or defenses.  Regardless of whether the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant participate in a mediation, parties may voluntarily agree to settle their Monmouth County Special Civil Part case Judges are usually willing to help parties settle their Monmouth County Special Civil Part case but they cannot force any part to settle their Monmouth County Special Civil Part case so that if a party refuses to settle, it is very likely that the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case shall proceed to a Monmouth County Special Civil trial.  Monmouth County Special Civil judges may schedule a conference in your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case and at that time, try to settle the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case.  Preparing the proper settlement agreement requires great care.  Many settlements fail, which leads to unhappy parties and often, more court proceedings.  Normally, at any Monmouth County Special Civil trial proceeding, the Monmouth County Special Civil Part has settlement forms for the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant to complete.  However, neither court forms, websites nor advice from court personnel are good substitutes for a competent attorney’s legal services.  Each case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges.   For example, what if your agreement fails to include the proper protections to your interest?   A court may refuse to enforce a settlement agreement if it is unclear what the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant agreed to.  Also, if a party fails to honor a settlement, you may have to return to Monmouth County Special Civil Court if you want to enforce the settlement, which normally requires you to file a motion.  If you can afford an attorney, it is best to have the attorney prepare the settlement agreement so that they can try to make the other parties agree to the best settlement terms for you.  If you do settle your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case yourself, you should notify the Monmouth County Special Civil Part as soon as possible – with a phone call and then followed up in writing.  If the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case is settled before a Monmouth County Special Civil trial, you should make every effort to advise the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court before the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial occurs.  


TAKING MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEALS -- WHAT IF I LOSE MY TRIAL OR THE MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURT REFUSES TO VACATE A MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL DEFAULT JUDGMENT? 
Don’t expect to do a bad job at your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case and then simply take an appeal and handle it just like you did your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case.  Most appeals fail and are expensive – costing hundreds of dollars even if you don’t have an attorney!   If you are a Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff and you lose a Monmouth County Special Civil Part case, it could mean the dismissal of your lawsuit forever and it could prevent you from ever recovering money damages against a Monmouth County Special Civil defendant who you believe owes you money.  If you are a Monmouth County Special Civil defendant and you lose a Monmouth County Special Civil Part case, it could mean the entry of a money judgment against you and the beginning of the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff’s efforts to collect the judgment from you by freezing your bank accounts, attaching your wages, putting a lien on your home and forcing you to answer detailed questions about your finances.  If you disagree with the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court’s decision about a summary judgment motion, you may file papers for the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court for various forms of post trial relief, such as a motion for the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court to reconsider its decision (called a motion for reconsideration) or a motion to overturn the verdict or a motion for a new Monmouth County Special Civil trial.  In most cases, such post trial motions must be made in a specific time frame, such as 20 days from the date of the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court’s order deciding the summary judgment motion.  If the Monmouth County Special Civil Part’s decision in your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case is final, you may also appeal the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case to a higher court -- the Appellate Division of the Superior Court.  There are very strict deadlines for filing Monmouth County Special Civil Part appeals.   To appeal a Monmouth County Special Civil Part final judgment that resolves all issues in the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case, you may file a notice of appeal and other required documents with the Appellate Division within 45 days from the date of judgment and pay a Monmouth County Special Civil court fee to the Appellate Division – Monmouth County Special Civil Part appeals are not heard by the Monmouth County Special Civil Part and you should not try to file appellate papers with the Monmouth County Special Civil Part!   As part of your Monmouth County Special Civil Part appeal, you usually must also prepare a written court transcript request and order a court transcript from the appropriate court that decided the matter against you and pay a Monmouth County Special Civil court fee for it.  Appeals are some of the most complex proceedings in the Monmouth County Special Civil Part court system.  The Monmouth County Special Civil Part court normally has forms available on the worldwide web.  However, neither court forms, websites nor advice from court personnel are good substitutes for a competent attorney’s legal services.  Each case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges.   If you can afford an attorney, it is best to have the attorney perform the steps necessary to take a Monmouth County Special Civil Part appeal.  Appeals from Monmouth County Special Civil Part orders or judgments that are not final are called “interlocutory appeals” and the procedure for such appeals is somewhat different than those for Monmouth County Special Civil Part appeals from final judgments or orders.


CAN I HANDLE A MONMOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL MYSELF?
Many people can and do successfully handle Special Civil Part cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a Monmouth County Special Civil judgment.  However, many other people also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their Monmouth County Special Civil Part cases or that result in the entry of a 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 Monmouth County to handle part or all of the Monmouth County Special Civil Part case.  The following are reasons to use an attorney to handle part or all of your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case:
Monmouth County Special Civil Part Monmouth County Special Civil court fees often change
Monmouth County Special Civil Part rules often change
Monmouth County Special Civil Part employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a Monmouth County 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
Monmouth County Special Civil Part court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in court
each Monmouth County Special Civil Part case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
it is very common for people to file inadequate or incorrect Monmouth County Special Civil Part complaints that result in the Monmouth County Special Civil Part complaints or answers to Monmouth County Special Civil Part complaints being rejected by the Monmouth County Special Civil Part or being dismissed by the Monmouth County Special Civil Part after filing and before or after the Monmouth County Special Civil 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 Monmouth County Special Civil Part case.  
a court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their Monmouth County Special Civil Part case out of court or limiting what they can present at the Monmouth County Special Civil Part 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 Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial.  
it is very common for  Monmouth County Special Civil Part courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial that the person themselves never prepared.  Often parties stumble into Monmouth County Special Civil Part 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 Monmouth County Special Civil judge tell the Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiff or Monmouth County Special Civil defendant 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 Monmouth County Special Civil Part.  Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the Monmouth County Special Civil Part trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Monmouth County Special Civil Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.  
you cannot show up at the Monmouth County Special Civil Part expecting the Monmouth County Special Civil judge hearing your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case to explain court rules, evidence rules, court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case.  The Monmouth County Special Civil judge hearing your Monmouth County Special Civil Part 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 Monmouth County Special Civil Part case.  Hiring an attorney to handle part or all of your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case does not guarantee your success.  However, it may provide what is needed to win your Monmouth County Special Civil Part case or to avoid certain mistakes.


DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIALS?
Yes.  Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
handled Special Civil Part cases for Monmouth County Special Civil plaintiffs and Monmouth County Special Civil defendants cases.
provided pro se parties with Special Civil Part legal advice and Special Civil Part legal documents
prepared and filed many Special Civil Part complaints 
tried nonjury trials in Special Civil Part
tried jury trials in Special Civil Part
mediated many Special Civil Part cases
served as a voluntary court mediator for the Monmouth County Special Civil Part where he successfully assisted parties to lawsuits to settle their cases before they went to trial
argued motions in Monmouth County Special Civil Part cases
handled Special Civil Part proof hearings
handled Special Civil Part post judgment collection proceedings
defended debtors in Special Civil Part collection cases
represented creditors in Special Civil Part collection cases


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