Law Office Of Paul DePetris
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Appellate Briefs

INTRODUCTION
Read below to learn more about this topic.  Or, to receive a no cost phone consultation, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send him an email.  Warning – this article does not necessarily include every New Jersey court rule, code or law 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or forms on this website are the latest versions, that they lack typographical errors or that they have not changed, repealed or superseded by other laws.  Before taking any action, read all applicable federal and state source law and case law and consult with an attorney.  Court addresses, hours of operation, deadlines and directions may change so check with the court in advance of mailing documents to court or going there!  Some of the webpages on this site don’t apply to all types of New Jersey cases, since there are different rules for different case types!


NEW JERSEY APPELLATE BRIEF FAQS
This article discusses writing, filing and serving New Jersey appellate briefs in the New Jersey Appellate Division for final appeals.  This article does not discuss interlocutory appeals.  


WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY “PRO SE PARTY” IN AN APPEAL?
If you are not represented by a lawyer in an appeal, you are called a pro se litigant, pro se appellant (if you are taking an appeal) or pro se respondent (if you are responding to or answering an appeal).   Pro se litigants file their own paperwork with the court and appear for themselves in court instead of having a lawyer to represent them.  However, New Jersey pro se appellate brief help may be an affordable way to get professional legal help without the high prices of full representation by a law firm.  The Law Office Of Paul DePetris provides New Jersey pro se appellate brief help.  


HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO PREPARE A NEW JERSEY APPELLATE BRIEF?
Writing a winning New Jersey pro se appellate brief is much different from writing a trial court brief.   Many people preparing New Jersey pro se appellate briefs think they will just repeat what they did before when their case was in front of the trial court only to have their papers rejected by the appeals court.  However, there are strict New Jersey appellate brief requirements that differ very much from trial court brief requirements.  If you have never written a New Jersey appellate brief before, you should seek a New Jersey appellate brief writer to help you get the job done correctly.  New Jersey appeals are some of the most complex matters heard in New Jersey Courts and the failure to file the New Jersey Court Rules governing New Jersey Appeals could result in your New Jersey Appeal being dismissed or your being fined by the New Jersey Appellate Court.  While some people and law firms can and do successfully handle New Jersey Appeals, many other attorneys and non-attorneys make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their cases or that result in the entry of fines against them.  The greater the money or rights at stake, the greater the reason to consider using the services of a New Jersey appeals lawyer to handle part or all of the case.


WILL THE COURT APPOINT AN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT ME IN MY APPEAL?
If you are handing a civil appeal, it is very uncommon for the court to appoint attorney to represent you in the appeal free of charge.  Since New Jersey appellate brief requirements are very difficult for pro se parties to meet, New Jersey pro se appellate brief help can be invaluable.


WHAT ARE SOME MISTAKES IN THE FORMAT OF THE NEW JERSEY PRO SE COURT APPEAL PAPERS? 
Failing to include proper citations to the record in the brief.
Failing to include all required chapters of a brief.
Submitting handwritten briefs.
Submitting New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix and the New Jersey pro se court appeal exhibits that are difficult to read.
Failing to include the proper covers on briefs and appendices.
Failing to fasten the appeal papers properly to prevent loss of pages.
Failing to include all identifying information on the appeal papers
Submitting briefs that exceed page limits.


WHAT IS THE “RECORD” IN THE NEW JERSEY PRO SE COURT APPEAL”?
There are strict New Jersey appellate brief requirements about citing or referring to the trial court record – that is, to documenting what happened before the trial court.   That background information is very important to the appellate court.   The record on The New Jersey pro se court appeal consists of all The New Jersey pro se court appeal papers on file in the New Jersey Trial Court or Courts or agencies below, with all entries as to matters made on the records of such Courts and agencies, the stenographic transcript or statement of the proceedings therein, and all The New Jersey pro se court appeal papers filed with or entries made on the records of the appellate Court.  Certain portions of the record must be included in the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix filed by the New Jersey pro se court appeal appellant.  The clerk of the New Jersey Trial Court or the clerk of New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division (if the original transcript is on file there) shall on request deliver the original transcript to the New Jersey pro se court appeal appellant in exchange for a copy.  The remainder of the record shall be retained by the clerk except that the attorney for any party may be permitted to make use of any portion of the record in the office of the clerk and remove the original from that office, provided a copy thereof remains on file.  The failure to return such record may constitute contempt of Court.  On the request of a New Jersey party or of a judge of New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division, the clerk of the New Jersey Trial Court or Courts below from which the New Jersey pro se court appeal is taken shall deliver to New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office for use by counsel at the argument or for the personal inspection by the New Jersey Appellate Court judges such portions of the records as they designate.


WHAT IF AN IMPORTANT NEW CASE IS DECIDED AFTER I FILE MY APPELLATE BRIEF?
New Jersey appellate brief requirements prevent parties from simply filing supplemental briefs when they want to.   Normally, parties involved in the New Jersey pro se court appeal are not allowed to submit more briefs beyond what is specifically allowed by the Appellate Division Court Rules.  However, if a new case or law is decided while the New Jersey pro se court appeal is waiting to be heard and after a New Jersey party affected by the new case or law has filed all the New Jersey pro se court appeal papers, it may be possible to forward the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office a letter advising the court of the new case or law.  Within 5 days of receiving that letter, any other party may serve on all opponents and file with the New Jersey Appellate Division’s Clerk’s Office a letter responding to the first letter.


WHERE DO I FILE MY NEW JERSEY APPELLATE BRIEF?
There are strict New Jersey appellate brief requirements about where to file your appeal papers.   If you are filing an appeal in the New Jersey Appellate Division (where most Superior Court trial court appeals are filed), file your New Jersey pro se appellate brief at the following address:
Superior Court, Appellate Division
Appellate Division Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 006, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625
Phone: (609) 292-4822


New Jersey Appellate Division judges have their chambers in various New Jersey cities such as Atlantic City, Jersey City, Morristown, New Brunswick, Newark, Trenton, West Long Branch, and Westmont. New Jersey Appellate Division Oral Arguments are heard in courtrooms located in Atlantic City, Morristown, New Brunswick, Newark and Trenton.


HOW MANY COPIES OF THE NEW JERSEY PRO SE APPEAL BRIEF DO I FILE AND SERVE?
There are strict New Jersey appellate brief requirements about the number of New Jersey pro se appellate briefs that a party must file with the appeals court and serve on their opponents:
2 copies of the New Jersey pro se appeal brief and The New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix shall be served on each party to the New Jersey pro se court appeal
1 copy of the New Jersey Trial Court transcript shall be served on any one respondent for the use of all respondents. 
Proof of such service shall be filed simultaneously with New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office as required by New Jersey Trial Court Rule 1:5-3. 
5 copies of each brief and The New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix are filed with New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office.
3 copies of the New Jersey Trial Court transcript are filed with New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office (in addition to the copy filed by the New Jersey Trial Court reporter supervisor, clerk or agency).  If the original and copy of the New Jersey Trial Court transcript were filed with the clerk of the New Jersey Trial Court from which the New Jersey pro se court appeal is taken prior to the filing of the New Jersey Notice of Appeal, the New Jersey pro se court appeal appellant shall, within 10 days after all briefs of all parties have been filed, request the clerk of the New Jersey Trial Court from which the New Jersey pro se court appeal is taken to immediately transmit the filed copy to the clerk of the New Jersey Trial Court to which the New Jersey pro se court appeal is taken.


WHAT IF I NEED MORE TIME TO PREPARE AND FILE MY THE NEW JERSEY PRO SE APPEAL BRIEF?
There are strict New Jersey appellate brief requirements about seeking additional time to file and serve a New Jersey pro se appellate brief.   If you get your opponent’s consent, the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office normally provides one 30 day extension.  To get the extension, you must submit to New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office a letter stating your reason for the request and explaining that your opponent does not object.  The New Jersey Trial Court party seeking the adjournment must send a copy of that letter to their opponent.  Additional extensions may be granted if a formal motion is made to New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division.


CONTENTS & FORMAT CHECKLIST FOR NEW JERSEY PRO SE APPEAL BRIEFS AND NEW JERSEY APPELLATE APPENDIX
Remember to follow the New Jersey appellate brief requirements to avoid your being sanctioned by the appellate court.  Here are some of those requirements along with requirements for New Jersey appellate appendix:
Type the New Jersey pro se appeal 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 pro se appeal brief and all The New Jersey pro se court appeal documents included in the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix are able to be read
Use white The New Jersey pro se court appeal covers for appellant's brief
Use blue The New Jersey pro se court appeal covers for party responding to the New Jersey pro se court appeal's brief
Use buff The New Jersey pro se court appeal covers for The New Jersey pro se court appeal reply brief. 
file five copies of your The New Jersey pro se appeal brief and The New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix with New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office
serve two copies of your The New Jersey pro se appeal brief and The New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix with New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office 
file with New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office a proof of service of your service of the New Jersey pro se appeal brief
If The New Jersey pro se appeal brief and The New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix are bound together, the New Jersey pro se appeal brief and The New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix share one table of contents
If the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix is bound separately, the New Jersey pro se appeal brief and The New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix have separate tables of contents. 
The New Jersey pro se appeal brief’s table of contents should include the point headings of and The New Jersey pro se court appeal legal arguments contained in the New Jersey pro se appeal brief. 
The New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix table of contents must indicate the first page of each document in the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix.
the filing date of each document in the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix must be put at the head of the
page where the document first appears. 
When putting The New Jersey pro se court appeal documents into the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix, use The New Jersey pro se court appeal documents that were actually filed or provided to the New Jersey Trial Court instead of drafts
Include in the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix all the relevant The New Jersey pro se court appeal documents necessary for New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division to decide the New Jersey pro se court appeal, including the New Jersey Trial Court judgment, decision or order The New Jersey pro se court 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 New Jersey Notice of Appeal. If the New Jersey pro se court appeal concerns the denial or granting of a specific motion or motions, include the motion The New Jersey pro se court appeal The New Jersey pro se court appeal papers (but generally speaking, motion 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 New Jersey Trial Court transcript of that hearing to New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division.  If that transcript is not being filed with New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division separately from the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix, it should be included in the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix and clearly identified in the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix table of contents and the procedural history in the New Jersey pro se appeal brief. 
If the New Jersey Trial Court’s opinion was published as legal authority, provide the opinion’s citation to New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division.
If the exhibits are too large to include in the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix, the New Jersey Trial Court party preparing the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix may submit a letter to New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office (and that party must also send a copy of the letter to their opponent), which identifies the exhibits and their approximate size and bulk.  After receiving the letter, New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division will tell New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office to advise the New Jersey Trial Court party making the request if New Jersey appeals court, also known as 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 pro se court appeal appendix.  If the New Jersey pro se court appeal appendix and brief combined exceed this page limit, they must be bound separately.
Appendix pages are numbered consecutively followed by the
letter "a" (e.g. 1a, 2a, etc.).  If plaintiffs and defendants submit their own appendicies, it is advisable to number the pages of the different appendicies with “da” for defendants and “pa” for plaintiffs.
Each party’s appellate briefs cannot exceed 65 pages 
Reply briefs cannot exceed 20 pages 
The New Jersey pro se appeal briefs of parties responding to the New Jersey pro se court appeal/cross-appellant's brief filed pursuant to R. 2:6-2(d) cannot exceed 90 pages. 
The New Jersey pro se appeal brief of an appellant/crossparty responding to the New Jersey pro se court appeal's brief pursuant to R. 2:6-4(e) cannot exceed 65 pages.
The New Jersey pro se appeal 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 pro se appeal 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 New Jersey appeals court, also known as the New Jersey Appellate Division needs to decide the New Jersey pro se court appeal.
The New Jersey pro se appeal brief must include a legal argument section for each legal argument raised on the New Jersey pro se court appeal.  These sections should not overlap one another but instead, should be strictly limited to the point to which the section pertains.  Normally, and The New Jersey pro se court appeal legal argument sections of briefs include citations to cases, statutes, Court rules and other authorities that might support the New Jersey Trial Court party’s arguments. These citations should be in the format specifically required by New Jersey appeals court rules.
Avoid any references in the New Jersey pro se appeal 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 pro se court appeal appendix.


NEW JERSEY PRO SE APPELLATE BRIEF HELP
The Law Office of Paul DePetris provides New Jersey pro se appellate brief help at affordable prices to pro se parties involved in New Jersey appeals.   


NEED HELP PREPARING A NEW JERSEY PRO SE APPELLATE BRIEF AND A NEW JERSEY APPEAL APPENDIX?
Are you a New Jersey pro se party taking a New Jersey appeal of a New Jersey Trial Court or Administrative Agency Decision and you need help preparing the New Jersey appeal papers?  The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers New Jersey pro se attorney services to New Jersey pro se parties struggling to take New Jersey appeals or defend against New Jersey appeals and New Jersey appeal consulting services to New Jersey residents.  A New Jersey appeal is one of the most complex legal undertakings – don’t go it alone!  New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork help can get completed some or all the following for you:


New Jersey appeal transcript request form
New Jersey notice of appeal
appeal case information statement
New Jersey proofs of filing and service
New Jersey table of contents to the New Jersey appeal appendix
New Jersey appellate brief
New Jersey request for oral argument
New Jersey appeal reply brief
New Jersey appeal appendix


The Law Office of Paul DePetris will prepare your New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork for you.  After you pay the firm’s fee (whether flat or hourly) and submit the necessary information to the firm, the New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork shall be typed up and sent to you for you to file.  Don’t take a chance getting your New Jersey appeal papers rejected by the court for drafting errors and don’t rely upon legal advice from anyone other than a New Jersey appeals lawyer!   To get a quote for New Jersey pro se appellate brief help, call Paul DePetris at 609-714-2020 or email him.   A New Jersey pro se party handling an appeal without some type of legal help may be at a severe disadvantage.  Have your appeal papers prepared right by using the New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork help of Mr. DePetris


NEW JERSEY PRO SE APPEAL PAPERWORK HELP 
Is a deadline for a New Jersey appellate brief coming up?  Thinking of filing a New Jersey appeal but unfamiliar with how to draft a New Jersey appellate brief or to prepare a New Jersey appeal appendix?  Are you ready to file a New Jersey appeal but need guidance on what issues to bring to the New Jersey Appeal Court’s attention?  Were you served with a New Jersey notice of appeal and you are faced with defending against a New Jersey appeal? 


As New Jersey appeal deadlines come closer, let Mr. DePetris office free up your time by drafting your New Jersey appellate brief.  Get New Jersey pro se appellate brief help by hiring an attorney experienced in drafting New Jersey appellate briefs to do the New Jersey appellate brief writing work for you by providing you New Jersey pro se appellate brief help, while you argue any oral argument on the New Jersey appeal.   Let a New Jersey pro se appeal attorney give you a fresh perspective on your New Jersey case before you file your New Jersey appellate brief.  New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork help is a good way to get your New Jersey appellate brief done without having to look up every New Jersey appeal rule.  New Jersey pro se appellate brief help can be quite affordable.


New Jersey appeals are complex and New Jersey pro se appellate briefs usually take dozens of hours to prepare properly.   Mr. DePetris has worked on at least 20 New Jersey appeals and prepared over 15 New Jersey pro se appeal briefs along with New Jersey appeal appendix.  Don’t take a chance with your New Jersey appeal.  Use New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork help and get the job done properly.   The firm’s New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork help free up your time to do other things while your New Jersey appellate brief is prepared by an experienced New Jersey appellate brief writer.


New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork help is a good way to provide you with the work product you need without your having to worry about New Jersey appellate brief rules.  New Jersey appellate briefs are not like New Jersey trial court motion briefs - attorneys must follow very specific and demanding rules and deviation from those rules could result in the imposition of sanctions.  For example:


There are strict guidelines for how proofs are presented on New Jersey Appeals.  Accordingly, attorneys are not always permitted to present to a New Jersey Appeal Court all the proofs that the New Jersey appeal attorney believes are relevant to the appeal.  
It is not uncommon for a New Jersey appellate brief to require hundreds of citations to the record.  
Format of New Jersey appeal papers is in large part specified by the New Jersey Appeal Rules.  
The standard of review for New Jersey appeals may be different from New Jersey trial court standards for deciding issues before them. 
Failure to properly frame the issues via the New Jersey appellate brief could be fatal to one's New Jersey appeal.
New Jersey Appeals Courts expect a higher standard of writing than that found in the typical New Jersey trial court brief.
Motions filed in the New Jersey Appeal Division follow different procedures than motions in New Jersey trial courts. 
Not all issues presented to a New Jersey trial court are worthwhile to present to a New Jersey Appeal Court.  Arguing irrelevant or nominal issues on your New Jersey appeal may hurt rather than help your chances of appealing a New Jersey lower court decision.


Consider the New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork help of Paul DePetris.  Paul DePetris has:


Worked on at least 20 New Jersey appeals.
Written over 15 New Jersey appellate briefs on a wide variety of subjects, most of which were completed as New Jersey pro se appeal briefs.
Written New Jersey appellate briefs for many law firms on a wide variety of substantive and procedural issues.  
Helped law firms prosecute and defend New Jersey appeals.
Helped law firms oppose motions filed in New Jersey Appeals Courts.
Counseled law firms on the details of New Jersey appeal practice.
Helped law firms to overturn trial court decisions.
Helped New Jersey pro se parties involved in New Jersey appeals.


Mr. DePetris is also the author of the following publications:  


New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act & Forms (New Jersey Law Journal Books)
Learned Professionals, Licensed Semiprofessionals and the Consumer Fraud Act:  The Origins of the Licensed Professionals’ Doctrine (New Jersey Lawyer, Oct. 2008)
Liability For Consumer Fraud In Real Estate Transactions (New Jersey Law Journal, March 18, 2009).   Mr. DePetris also gives seminars on the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.


For a no obligation phone consultation, call the Law Office of Paul DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send the firm an email.


NEED HELP PREPARING A NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL OR NEW JERSEY MOTION FOR AN EXTENSION TO FILE AN APPEAL BRIEF?
Are you taking a New Jersey appeal of a New Jersey Trial Court or Administrative Agency Decision and you need help preparing a New Jersey motion for leave to appeal or a New Jersey motion for an extension to file an appeal brief?  Are you defending against an appeal and you must answer a New Jersey appeal motion?   The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork help to New Jersey pro se appellants taking and New Jersey pro se respondents defending against appeals and New Jersey appeal consulting services to New Jersey residents.  A New Jersey appeal is one of the most complex legal undertakings – don’t go it alone!  Appeal paperwork needs to be prepared properly; otherwise, the New Jersey appeal court may deny the New Jersey appeal or motion you make or grant the New Jersey appeal or motion that you oppose.  Let Paul DePetris provide New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork help for you by preparing any of the following:


New Jersey motion for leave to appeal
New Jersey motion for an extension to file an appeal brief
New Jersey appeal motion briefs
New Jersey answer to motion for leave to appeal
New Jersey answer to appeal motions
New Jersey interlocutory appeal motions


Preparing a New Jersey motion for leave to appeal improperly could result in the New Jersey appeal court refusing to allow you leave to take a New Jersey appeal.  Preparing an answer to a New Jersey motion for leave to appeal improperly could result in the New Jersey appeal court granting your opponent’s New Jersey motion for leave to appeal.  Preparing a New Jersey motion for an extension to file an appeal brief improperly could result in the New Jersey appeal court refusing to allow you additional time to file a New Jersey appellate brief.  Preparing an answer to a New Jersey appeal motion improperly could result in the New Jersey appeal court granting your opponent’s New Jersey appeal motion.  Don’t take chances with your appeal!  New Jersey pro se appellate brief help can be an affordable way to address your New Jersey appeal.  The Law Office of Paul DePetris will prepare your New Jersey appeal motion paperwork for you.  After you pay the firm’s fee (whether flat or hourly) and submit the necessary information to the firm, the New Jersey appeal motion paperwork shall be typed up and sent to you for you to file.  Don’t take a chance getting your New Jersey New Jersey pro se appeal paperwork rejected by the court for drafting errors and don’t rely upon legal advice from anyone other than a New Jersey appeals lawyer!   To get a quote for New Jersey pro se appellate brief help, call Paul DePetris at 609-714-2020 or email him.  


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