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New Jersey Appeal Checklist on handling New Jersey Appeals

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The information in this article is only for New Jersey Law Division, Civil Part cases and not for other New Jersey court cases, such as those in New Jersey Special Civil Court, New Jersey Small Claims Court or New Jersey Chancery Court!!! Do not use this article if you have a New Jersey Special Civil Court, New Jersey Small Claims Court or New Jersey Chancery Court case!!! Also, no website is a substitute for competent advice from a New Jersey lawyer!

Warning – this article does not necessarily include each and every New Jersey court rule that may apply to your New Jersey case! The Law Office of Paul DePetris does not guarantee that the statutes, rules, codes, files or forms on this website are the latest versions of the statutes, rules, codes, files or forms, that they lack typographical errors or that they have not been amended, repealed or superseded by other federal or state law. The New Jersey Statutes, United States Statutes, New Jersey Administrative Code and Federal Code in this database are not annotated. Accordingly, this database may include laws that: (1) never became operable due to unmet conditions; (2) expired; (3) were repealed or amended; (4) were declared void by a court of law; (5) or are otherwise invalid. Further, effective dates of the laws are not necessarily included in the database. Accordingly, you should not rely upon the statutes, rules, codes, files or forms on this website contained in this database for any purpose and before taking any legal measures, you instead should read all applicable federal and state source law and case law and consult with an attorney for any changes in the laws. Be certain to cross reference all applicable rules before preparing, filing or serving any papers!!! For example, Special Civil Part Rules often cross reference other rules – rules that apply to Special Civil Part Cases as well as to other types of civil cases not being heard in Special Civil Part.

CONTENTS & FORMAT CHECKLIST FOR NEW JERSEY APPELLATE BRIEFS & APPENDICIES FILED IN THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION
• Type the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Appellate Brief and all documents included in the New Jersey Appeal Appendix are able to be read
• Use white New Jersey appeal covers for the New Jersey appellant's New Jersey Appellate Brief
• Use blue New Jersey appeal covers for the New Jersey appeal party responding to the New Jersey appeal's New Jersey Appellate Brief
• Use buff New Jersey appeal covers for the New Jersey appellant's reply New Jersey Appellate Brief.
• file five copies of your New Jersey Appellate Brief and New Jersey Appeal Appendix with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office
• serve two copies of your New Jersey Appellate Brief and New Jersey Appeal 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 New Jersey Appellate Brief
• If New Jersey Appellate Brief and New Jersey Appeal Appendix are bound together, the New Jersey Appellate Brief and New Jersey Appeal Appendix share one New Jersey appeal table of contents
• If the New Jersey Appeal Appendix is bound separately, the New Jersey Appellate Brief and New Jersey Appeal Appendix have separate
• tables of contents.
• The New Jersey Appellate Brief’s New Jersey appeal table of contents should include the point headings of the legal arguments contained in the New Jersey Appellate Brief.
• The New Jersey Appeal Appendix New Jersey appeal table of contents must indicate the first page of each document in the New Jersey Appeal Appendix.
• the filing date of each document in the New Jersey Appeal Appendix must be put at the head of the
• page where the document first appears.
• When putting documents into the New Jersey Appeal Appendix, use documents that were actually filed or provided to the New Jersey trial court instead of drafts
• Include in the New Jersey Appeal Appendix all the relevant documents necessary for the New Jersey Appellate Division to decide the New Jersey appeal, including the judgment, decision or order appealed from and the New Jersey trial court’s opinion or statement of findings, if any, any pretrial order, the complaint, answers and a copy of the notice of appeal. If the New Jersey appeal concerns the denial or granting of a specific motion or motions, include the New Jersey appeal motion papers (but generally speaking, briefs submitted to the New Jersey trial courts are excluded from appendicies).
• If the New Jersey trial court delivered its opinion, findings or conclusions orally, submit the 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 New Jersey Appeal Appendix, it should be included in the New Jersey Appeal Appendix and clearly identified in the New Jersey Appeal Appendix New Jersey appeal table of contents and the procedural history in the New Jersey Appellate Brief.
• If the New Jersey trial court’s opinion was published as legal authority, provide the opinion’s citation to the New Jersey Appellate Division.
• If for the New Jersey appeal exhibits are too large to include in the New Jersey Appeal Appendix, the party preparing the New Jersey Appeal 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 for the New Jersey appeal 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 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 New Jersey Appeal Appendix. If the New Jersey Appeal Appendix and New Jersey Appellate Brief combined exceed this page limit, they must be bound separately.
• New Jersey Appeal 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 New Jersey Appellate Briefs cannot exceed 65 pages
• Reply New Jersey Appellate Briefs cannot exceed 20 pages
• The New Jersey Appellate Briefs of parties responding to an appeal/cross-the New Jersey appellant's New Jersey Appellate Brief filed pursuant to R. 2:6-2(d) cannot exceed 90 pages.
• The New Jersey Appellate Brief of an the New Jersey appellant/crossparty responding to the New Jersey appeal's New Jersey Appellate Brief pursuant to R. 2:6-4(e) cannot exceed 65 pages.
• The New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 appeal.
• The New Jersey Appellate Brief must include a legal argument section for each legal argument raised on the New Jersey 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 New Jersey Appellate Briefs include citations to cases, statutes, court rules and other authorities that might support the party’s arguments. These citations should be in the format specifically required by the New Jersey appeals court rules.
• Avoid any references in the New Jersey Appellate Brief to any fact or evidence never submitted as part of the New Jersey trial court’s record and that is not included in the New Jersey Appeal Appendix.

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

WHY SHOULD NEW JERSEY APPEAL PRO SE PARTIES SEEK HELP FROM A NEW
JERSEY APPEAL LAWYER?
Handling your New Jersey Appeal 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 New Jersey Appeal lawyer! Many New Jersey Appeal pro se parties make the mistake of not consulting a New Jersey Appeal lawyer before filing New Jersey Appeal papers only to later learn that the New Jersey Appeal pro se parties made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their New Jersey Appeal case. New Jersey Appeal employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Appeal 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 Appeal employees are not trained attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey Appeal Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law. Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey Appeal Case. Not all New Jersey Appeal 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 APPEAL COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Appeal employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Appeal 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 Appeal employees are not trained attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey Appeal Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

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

NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEW JERSEY APPEAL CASE?
Handling your New Jersey Appeal 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 New Jersey Appeal lawyer! Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey Appeal Case. Not all New Jersey Appeal 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 APPEAL CASE MYSELF?
Many people can and do successfully handle New Jersey Appeal cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Appeal judgment. However, many other people also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey Appeal cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Appeal 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 Appeal case. The following are reasons to use a New Jersey Appeal lawyer to handle part or all of your New Jersey Appeal case:
• New Jersey Appeal fees often change
• New Jersey Appeal rules often change
• New Jersey Appeals court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Appeal 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 Appeal court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in court
• each New Jersey Appeal 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 Appeal papers that result in the New Jersey Appeals or New Jersey Appeal responses being rejected by the New Jersey Appeal or being dismissed by the New Jersey Appeals Court after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for New Jersey appeals judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey Appeal case.
• a New Jersey Appeals Court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their New Jersey Appeal case out of New Jersey Appeals court or limiting what they can present on the New Jersey Appeal.
• 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 on the New Jersey Appeal.
• it is very common for courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items on the New Jersey Appeal because the documents were not properly presented to the New Jersey appeals Court.
• without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Appeals Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Appeal hearing, 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 a New Jersey Appeal hearing expecting the New Jersey appeals judges hearing your New Jersey Appeal case to explain court rules, evidence rules, court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey Appeal case. The New Jersey Appeals judges hearing your New Jersey Appeal case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

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

DOES MR. DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY APPEALS?
Consider the appellate services of Paul DePetris. Paul DePetris has:

• Written New Jersey appellate briefs for many law firms on a wide variety of substantive and procedural issues.
• Written over 15 New Jersey appeal briefs.
• Helped law firms prosecute and defend New Jersey appeals.
• Helped law firms oppose New Jersey Appeal motions filed in New Jersey appellate courts.
• Counseled law firms on the details of New Jersey appellate practice.
• Helped overturn New Jersey trial court decisions through New Jersey appeals.
• Helped defeat New Jersey appeals
• Helped law firms prosecute New Jersey appeals and defend New Jersey appeals.


NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEW JERSEY CASE?
Handling your New Jersey 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 New Jersey lawyer!
Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case. Not all New Jersey cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help.

WHY SHOULD NEW JERSEY PRO SE PLAINTIFFS AND NEW JERSEY PRO SE DEFENDANTS SEEK HELP FROM A NEW JERSEY LAWYER?
Handling your New Jersey 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 New Jersey lawyer!
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants make the mistake of not consulting a New Jersey lawyer before filing New Jersey Court papers only to later learn that the New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their New Jersey case. Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court 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 Court employees are not trained New Jersey attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

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

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY CASE MYSELF?
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants can and do successfully handle New Jersey cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Court judgment. However, many other New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Court 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 case. The following are reasons to use an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case:
• New Jersey Court fees often change
• New Jersey Court rules often change
• New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court 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 Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in Court
• each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common for New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Court complaints that result in the New Jersey Court complaints or answers to New Jersey Court complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Court or being dismissed by the New Jersey Court 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 case.
• a Court has the power to punish unprepared New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants, such as by throwing their New Jersey case out of Court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Court 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 Court 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 Court trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants stumble into New Jersey 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 Court judge tell the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants 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 Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Court 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 Court expecting the judge hearing your New Jersey case to explain Court rules, evidence rules, Court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey case. The judge hearing your New Jersey 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 case. Hiring an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your New Jersey case or to avoid certain mistakes.

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

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

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

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO HANDLE MY NEW JERSEY CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END?
In many situations, the Law Office of Paul DePetris offers alternatives to handling New Jersey cases for an hourly fee, such as by offering to handle your New Jersey case up to trial for a fixed fee or to help you handle your New Jersey case by yourself. Such flexible methods may allow you to keep the amount legal fees you spend on your New Jersey case to a fixed sum, while providing you the help you need to handle your New Jersey 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.
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