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What Happens At The New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial?

WHAT HAPPENS AT A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL?

WHAT IS THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
The New Jersey Special Civil Part is a subpart of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division. In the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part. This article does not attempt to discuss small claims disputes or landlord tenant cases.

WHERE IS THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURTHOUSE?
There are 21 New Jersey Special Civil Part courthouses – one for each of the counties of New Jersey. The addresses of the courthouses are listed below:
Atlantic County Special Civil Part Information
Atlantic County Civil Courthouse
1201 Bacharach Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Landlord/Tenant: 609-343-2382
Small Claims: 609-343-2355 Middlesex County Special Civil Part Information
Middlesex County Courthouse
Tower, 3rd Floor, P.O. Box 1146
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-1146
Civil Actions: 732-519-3756
Small Claims: 732-519-3755
Landlord/Tenant: 732-519-3754
Bergen County Special Civil Part Information
Justice Center
10 Main St., Room 427
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-527-2730 Monmouth County Special Civil Part Information
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
Burlington County Special Civil Part Information
County Administration Building
49 Rancocas Rd., 3rd Floor
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
609-518-2865 Morris County Special Civil Part Information
Morris County Courthouse
Washington & Court Sts.
Morristown, NJ 07963
973-656-4125
Camden County Special Civil Part Information
Hall of Justice
101 S. 5th St., Suite 110(with fee) Suite 150 (no fee)
Camden, NJ 08103-4001
856-379-2000 x3033 Ocean County Special Civil Part Information
Ocean County Courthouse
118 Washington St., Room 121
Toms River, NJ 08754
732-929-2016
Cape May County Special Civil Part Information
Cape May Courthouse
DN-203 Central Mail Room
9 N. Main St.
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
609-463-6522 Passaic County Special Civil Part Information
Passaic County Courthouse
77 Hamilton St.
Paterson, NJ 07505
973-247-8261
Cumberland County Special Civil Part Information
Cumberland County Courthouse
60 West Broad Street
Corner of Broad and Fayette Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
856-453-4350 Salem County Special Civil Part Information
Salem County Courthouse
82 Market St.
Salem, NJ 08079
856-935-7510 x8213
Essex County Special Civil Part Information
Special Civil Part Information
Essex County Hall of Records
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102
973-693-6531 Somerset County Special Civil Part Information
Somerset County Courthouse
40 N. Bridge St., P.O. Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
908-231-7014
Gloucester County Special Civil Part Information
Gloucester County Courthouse
1 N. Broad St., 1st Floor, P.O. Box 881
P.O. Box 750 (no fee), P.O. Box 881 (with fee)
Woodbury, NJ 08069
856-853-3392 Sussex County Special Civil Part Information
43-47 High St.
Newton, NJ 07860
973-579-0918
Hudson County Special Civil Part Information
595 Newark Ave., Room 711
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-795-6680 Union County Special Civil Part Information
Union County Courthouse
2 Broad St., 3rd Floor
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
908-659-4900
Hunterdon County Special Civil Part Information
Hunterdon County Justice Center
65 Park Ave.
Flemington, NJ 08822
908-237-5820 Warren County Special Civil Part Information
Warren County Courthouse
413 2nd St., P.O. Box 900
Belvidere, NJ 07823
908-475-8140
Mercer County Special Civil Part Information
Mercer County Civil Courts Building
175 S. Broad St., P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
609-571-4490


WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
The New Jersey Superior Court is normally open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHAT TYPES OF CLAIMS ARE USUALLY FILED IN NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
The following types of claims are usually filed in New Jersey 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 NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL COURT?
The New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL?
Many people ask what happens at a New Jersey Special Civil Part trial? You must appear at New Jersey Special Civil Part court in the proper courtroom. Usually, many cases are heard on the day that your New Jersey Special Civil Part case is called for trial and it is not uncommon for many people to wait in a single courtroom for their New Jersey Special Civil Part case to be called. You must be on time to avoid losing your New Jersey Special Civil Part case! It is best to arrive early to New Jersey Special Civil Part court, since it is not unusual for the New Jersey Special Civil Part courtroom’s seats to fill up quickly!

BE PREPARED TO TRY YOUR NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL
Many people think they just file a complaint or answer and then show up in New Jersey Special Civil Part court with papers and tell their story. They do not actually know what happens at a New Jersey Special Civil Part trial. This is not always how New Jersey Special Civil Part trials work! Never assume you can just show up to New Jersey Special Civil Court with documents and use them to support your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial of your New Jersey Special Civil Part case or even refer to them at your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial. While it is true that you must bring all documents, photographs, videos and other items with you to your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial that are necessary to prove your New Jersey Special Civil Part case (preferably originals), even if you bring such documents and items to New Jersey Special Civil Court, the New Jersey Special Civil Part court may refuse to allow you to use them at your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial. New Jersey has published cases, laws, regulations, court rules and rules of evidence that are very tricky and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at your New Jersey Special Civil Part Trial. Accordingly, before 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil judge tell the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part court. Written requests for information served and answered in advance of a New Jersey Special Civil Part trial are often useful tools to get the information needed before a New Jersey Special Civil Part trial to prove a case or a defense.

AM I GUARANTED TO HAVE MY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL ON THE DATE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED?
New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part trials to get adjourned because someone is not ready to present their New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part case on the date that the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial is scheduled since courts often refuse adjournment requests and dismiss cases if parties are not prepared to proceed with their New Jersey Special Civil Part case or defense on the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial date). It is not unusual for a New Jersey Special Civil judge hearing trials in the New Jersey Special Civil Part to decide to tell a New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff and New Jersey Special Civil defendant in a case to return to the New Jersey Special Civil Part court on another day to have their trial because the New Jersey Special Civil judge does not have time to handle the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial on the date originally scheduled. Sometimes, a party will ask the New Jersey Special Civil Part court for an adjournment and the New Jersey Special Civil Part court grants that adjournment but in violation of the Court rules, the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey Special Civil defendant that did not request the adjournment is not told that the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial is adjourned! To avoid unnecessary trips to the New Jersey Special Civil Part court, it is best to call one or two days before trial to make certain that the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial has not been rescheduled without your knowledge. If no dismissal or default is entered in your New Jersey Special Civil Part case, you must be prepared to present your New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part case. A court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their New Jersey Special Civil Part case out of court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial. You must bring all documents, photographs, videos and other items with you to the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial that are necessary to prove your New Jersey Special Civil Part case (preferably originals). Even if you bring such documents and items to New Jersey Special Civil Court, the New Jersey Special Civil Part may refuse to allow you to use them at your trial. New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part trial. Hearsay rules of evidence are particularly troublesome and you should study them carefully before your New Jersey Special Civil Part trial. For example, it is very common for New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil judge tell the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at your New Jersey Special Civil Part trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to New Jersey Special Civil Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases. While there are exceptions, evidence is most frequently admitted to the New Jersey Special Civil Part court by calling witness to testify before the New Jersey Special Civil Part court. It is best to have your questions for any witnesses prepared in advance. During a New Jersey Special Civil Part trial parties normally call witnesses and prevent evidence about their dispute and argue legal issues in support of their positions. The New Jersey Special Civil judge hearing A New Jersey Special Civil Part trial may ask questions of the witnesses. At the end of the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial, the New Jersey Special Civil Part normally enters a New Jersey Special Civil judgment for or against you. The New Jersey Special Civil Part may also withhold or “reserve” judgment for a later date, which normally results in the New Jersey Special Civil Part taking time to write up its reasons for its decision and mailing it to the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey Special Civil defendant’s’ last known addresses (or to their attorneys, if they are represented).

WILL MY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL BE DECIDED BY A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL JUDGE OR A JURY?
Most New Jersey Special Civil Part trials are decided only by a New Jersey Special Civil judge. Normally, you can’t show up at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial and request a New Jersey Special Civil jury trial – the request must be made when you file your New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint or answer to the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint with the New Jersey Special Civil Part court and it normally requires a written request and payment of an extra New Jersey Special Civil court fee. A written demand for a New Jersey Special Civil jury trial is filed with the New Jersey Special Civil Part in the county where the New Jersey Special Civil Part case is to be heard and served upon opposing parties not later than 10 days after the time provided for the New Jersey Special Civil defendant to answer. If New Jersey Special Civil defendant files a counterclaim and New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff wants a New Jersey Special Civil jury trial but did not originally request a New Jersey Special Civil jury trial when they filed their New Jersey Special Civil Part complaint, the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff may file with the New Jersey Special Civil Part in the county where the New Jersey Special Civil Part case is to be heard and serve on their opponents the New Jersey 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, New Jersey Special Civil defendant must file the demand and serve it on their opponent and pay the necessary New Jersey Special Civil court fee at least five days before the return day of the summons, which shall cause the New Jersey Special Civil Part court to transfer the New Jersey Special Civil Part case to the Special Civil Part.

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

IF I AM A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PLAINTIFF OR NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL DEFENDANT IN A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART TRIAL, WILL THE OTHER SIDE HAVE AN ATTORNEY?
If you are not represented by an attorney in A New Jersey Special Civil Part case, you are called a “pro se litigant”. While people can and often do represent themselves New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil trials. The proper preparation of legal papers and preparation of a case for a New Jersey 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. New Jersey 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 New Jersey are not able to give you legal advice about special civil disputes that are heard by New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part dispute, you must generally avoid having oral or written contact regarding the New Jersey Special Civil Part case with the represented party and instead, must make all communications involving the New Jersey Special Civil Part case through the represented party’s attorney.

WILL I HAVE A CHANCE TO SETTLE MY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL CASE BEFORE MY TRIAL IN THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
Nobody is forced to settle their the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part trial occurs, the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey Special Civil defendant must mediate their dispute. Mediation is an informal hearing normally held in a conference room. You and the other New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey Special Civil defendant and any attorneys involved in the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part case by suggesting a possible settlement to both parties. During the mediation, none of the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey Special Civil defendant is required to settle the New Jersey Special Civil Part case. Indeed, one or all of the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey Special Civil defendant may not even make any offer to settle. Note that cases do not always undergo mediation. If the New Jersey Special Civil Part case cannot be settled before a New Jersey Special Civil trial and your New Jersey Special Civil Part case is called to be tried, you must be prepared to present your New Jersey Special Civil Part case or defenses. Regardless of whether the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey Special Civil defendant participate in a mediation, parties may voluntarily agree to settle their New Jersey Special Civil Part case Judges are usually willing to help parties settle their New Jersey Special Civil Part case but they cannot force any part to settle their New Jersey Special Civil Part case so that if a party refuses to settle, it is very likely that the New Jersey Special Civil Part case shall proceed to a New Jersey Special Civil trial. New Jersey Special Civil judges may schedule a conference in your New Jersey Special Civil Part case and at that time, try to settle the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil trial proceeding, the New Jersey Special Civil Part has settlement forms for the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey Special Civil defendant agreed to. Also, if a party fails to honor a settlement, you may have to return to New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part case yourself, you should notify the New Jersey Special Civil Part as soon as possible – with a phone call and then followed up in writing. If the New Jersey Special Civil Part case is settled before a New Jersey Special Civil trial, you should make every effort to advise the New Jersey Special Civil Part court before the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial occurs.

TAKING NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART APPEALS -- WHAT IF I LOSE MY TRIAL OR THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURT REFUSES TO VACATE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL DEFAULT JUDGMENT?
Don’t expect to do a bad job at your New Jersey Special Civil Part case and then simply take an appeal and handle it just like you did your New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff and you lose a New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil defendant who you believe owes you money. If you are a New Jersey Special Civil defendant and you lose a New Jersey Special Civil Part case, it could mean the entry of a money judgment against you and the beginning of the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part court’s decision about a summary judgment motion, you may file papers for the New Jersey Special Civil Part court for various forms of post trial relief, such as a motion for the New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part court’s order deciding the summary judgment motion. If the New Jersey Special Civil Part’s decision in your New Jersey Special Civil Part case is final, you may also appeal the New Jersey Special Civil Part case to a higher court -- the Appellate Division of the Superior Court. There are very strict deadlines for filing New Jersey Special Civil Part appeals. To appeal a New Jersey Special Civil Part final judgment that resolves all issues in the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil court fee to the 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 appellate papers with the New Jersey Special Civil Part! As part of your New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil court fee for it. Appeals are some of the most complex proceedings in the New Jersey Special Civil Part court system. The New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part appeal. Appeals from New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part appeals from final judgments or orders.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY 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 New Jersey Special Civil judgment. However, many other people also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey 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 New Jersey to handle part or all of the New Jersey Special Civil Part case. The following are reasons to use an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey Special Civil Part case:
• New Jersey Special Civil Part New Jersey Special Civil court fees often change
• New Jersey Special Civil Part rules often change
• New Jersey Special Civil Part employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey 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 Part court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in court
• each New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints that result in the New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints or answers to New Jersey Special Civil Part complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Special Civil Part or being dismissed by the New Jersey Special Civil Part after filing and before or after the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part case.
• a court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their New Jersey Special Civil Part case out of court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part trial.
• it is very common for New Jersey Special Civil Part courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often parties stumble into New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil judge tell the New Jersey Special Civil plaintiff or New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Special Civil Part trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to New Jersey Special Civil Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
• you cannot show up at the New Jersey Special Civil Part expecting the New Jersey Special Civil judge hearing your New Jersey Special Civil Part case to explain court rules, evidence rules, court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey Special Civil Part case. The New Jersey Special Civil judge hearing your New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part case. Hiring an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey Special Civil Part case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil plaintiffs and New Jersey 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 New Jersey Special Civil Part where he successfully assisted parties to lawsuits to settle their cases before they went to trial
• argued motions in New Jersey 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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