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NEW JERSEY COURT APPEALS

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

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

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

WHAT IS THE “RECORD” IN A NEW JERSEY COURT APPEAL”?
The record on New Jersey Court Appeal consists of all papers on file in the New Jersey court or courts or agencies below, with all entries as to matters made on the records of such courts and agencies, the stenographic transcript or statement of the proceedings therein, and all papers filed with or entries made on the records of the appellate court. Certain portions of the record must be included in the New Jersey appeal appendix filed by the New Jersey appeal appellant. The clerk of the New Jersey Court or the clerk of the New Jersey Appellate Division (if the original transcript is on file there) shall on request deliver the original transcript to the New Jersey 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 the New Jersey Appellate Division, the clerk of the New Jersey court or courts below from which the New Jersey Court Appeal is taken shall deliver to the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office for use by counsel at the argument or for the personal inspection by the New Jersey Appellate Court judges such portions of the records as they designate.

IF I AM RESPONDING TO A NEW JERSEY COURT APPEAL IN THE NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION, CAN I ALSO APPEAL THE NEW JERSEY COURT DECISION (NEW JERSEY CROSS APPEALS)?
If the New Jersey plaintiff answering the New Jersey appeal or New Jersey defendant answering the New Jersey appeal (the New Jersey appeal respondent) is not satisfied with the New Jersey trial court’s decision on a New Jersey motion or New Jersey order, the New Jersey plaintiff answering the New Jersey appeal or New Jersey defendant answering the New Jersey appeal (the New Jersey appeal respondent) may file a New Jersey appeal Notice of Cross Appeal and New Jersey Appellate Case Information Statement with the New Jersey Appellate Division and if required, deposit costs with the New Jersey Appellate Division and/or pay the New Jersey cross appeal filing fee if any to the New Jersey Appellate Division. A New Jersey appeals respondent or New Jersey plaintiff answering an appeal or New Jersey defendant answering an appeal may cross appeal as of right except that if a New Jersey appeal is taken from any order by leave of court, a cross appeal may not be taken from any other order in the matter without leave pursuant to R. 2:5-6(b). A New Jersey appeals respondent or New Jersey plaintiff answering an appeal or New Jersey defendant answering an appeal may cross appeal as of right only if such cross appeal meets the requirements of R. 2:2-1(a). Further, if a New Jersey appeal is taken from any order by leave of court, a cross appeal may not be taken in the matter without leave pursuant to R. 2:5-6(b). Cross appeals from final judgments, orders, administrative decisions or actions and cross appeals from orders as to which leave to appeal has been granted may be taken by serving and filing a New Jersey appeal Notice of cross appeal and, where required under R. 2:5-1(a), a Case Information Statement, within 15 days after the service of the notice of appeal or the entry of an order granting leave to appeal. A New Jersey appeals respondent or New Jersey plaintiff answering an appeal or New Jersey defendant answering an appeal on appeal may appeal against a non-appealing party by serving and filing a New Jersey appeal Notice of appeal and, where required under R. 2:5-1(a), a Case Information Statement, within the time fixed for cross appeals. New Jersey appeal motions for leave to file a New Jersey cross appeal from interlocutory orders and administrative decisions or actions as to which leave to appeal has not been granted shall be made within the time provided by R. 2:5-6(b).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 appeal brief and all New Jersey appeal documents included in the New Jersey appeal appendix are able to be read
• Use white New Jersey appeal covers for appellant's brief
• Use blue New Jersey appeal covers for party responding to the New Jersey Court Appeal's brief
• Use buff New Jersey appeal covers for New Jersey appeal reply brief.
• file five copies of your New Jersey appeal brief and New Jersey appeal appendix with the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk's Office
• serve two copies of your New Jersey appeal 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 New Jersey appeal brief
• If New Jersey appeal brief and New Jersey appeal appendix are bound together, the New Jersey appeal brief and New Jersey appeal appendix share one table of contents
• If the New Jersey appeal appendix is bound separately, the New Jersey appeal brief and New Jersey appeal appendix have separate tables of contents.
• The New Jersey appeal brief’s table of contents should include the point headings of and New Jersey appeal legal arguments contained in the New Jersey appeal brief.
• The New Jersey appeal appendix 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 New Jersey appeal documents into the New Jersey appeal appendix, use New Jersey appeal documents that were actually filed or provided to the New Jersey Court instead of drafts
• Include in the New Jersey appeal appendix all the relevant New Jersey appeal documents necessary for the New Jersey Appellate Division to decide the New Jersey Court Appeal, including the New Jersey Court judgment, decision or order New Jersey Court Appealed from and the New Jersey 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 Court Appeal concerns the denial or granting of a specific motion or motions, include the motion New Jersey appeal papers (but generally speaking, motion briefs submitted to the New Jersey Courts are excluded from appendicies).
• If the New Jersey Court delivered its opinion, findings or conclusions orally, submit the New Jersey Court transcript of that hearing to the New Jersey Appellate Division. If that transcript is not being filed with the New Jersey Appellate Division separately from the New Jersey appeal appendix, it should be included in the New Jersey appeal appendix and clearly identified in the New Jersey appeal appendix table of contents and the procedural history in the New Jersey appeal brief.
• If the New Jersey Court’s opinion was published as legal authority, provide the opinion’s citation to the New Jersey Appellate Division.
• If the exhibits are too large to include in the New Jersey appeal appendix, the New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant 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 the exhibits and their approximate size and bulk. After receiving the letter, the New Jersey Appellate Division will tell the New Jersey Appellate Division Clerk’s Office to advise the New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant 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 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 appeal briefs of parties responding to a New Jersey Court Appeal/cross-appellant's brief filed pursuant to R. 2:6-2(d) cannot exceed 90 pages.
• The New Jersey appeal brief of an appellant/crossparty responding to the New Jersey Court Appeal's 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 Court Appeal.
• The New Jersey appellate brief must include a legal argument section for each legal argument raised on the New Jersey 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 New Jersey appeal legal argument sections of briefs include citations to cases, statutes, court rules and other authorities that might support the New Jersey plaintiff or New Jersey defendant’s arguments. These citations should be in the format specifically required by the New Jersey court rules.
• Avoid any references in the New Jersey appellate brief to any fact or evidence never submitted as part of the New Jersey Court’s record and that is not included in the New Jersey appeal appendix.

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

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY APPELLATE COURT CASE MYSELF?
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 New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants 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 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. The following are reasons to use an experienced New Jersey appeals attorney to handle part or all of your case:
• New Jersey Appellate Court rules change.
• New Jersey Appellate Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a 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 Appellate Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in court.
• Each New Jersey Appeal has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• It is very common for New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Appellate papers that result in the complaints or answers to complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Appeal Court or being dismissed by the New Jersey Appeal 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 case.
• a court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their case out of court or limiting what they can present at 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 trial.
• 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 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 a New Jersey Appeals Court expecting the judge hearing your case to explain court rules, evidence rules, court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your case. The judge hearing your case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

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

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY APPEALS?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• Prepared New Jersey appellate briefs for appeals from New Jersey municipal court decisions.
• Prepared New Jersey appellate briefs for appeals from New Jersey Superior Court decisions.
• Prepared New Jersey appellate briefs that succeeded in defeating appeals.
• Prepared New Jersey appellate briefs that overturned the incorrect decision of New Jersey trial judges.
• Prepared a New Jersey appellate brief that defeated an attempt to appeal a case before the trial court completed the trial of the case (interlocutory appeal motions).
• Assisted other attorneys with the handling of New Jersey appeals and interlocutory motions involving 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); and 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.

WHY SHOULD NEW JERSEY PRO SE PARTIES SEEK HELP FROM A NEW JERSEY LAWYER?
Handling your New Jersey appeal 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 appeals lawyer!
Many New Jersey pro se parties make the mistake of not consulting a New Jersey lawyer before filing New Jersey papers only to later learn that the New Jersey pro se parties made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their New Jersey appeal. New Jersey employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey 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 employees are not trained attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey appeals 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. Not all New Jersey appeals 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.

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

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY APPEAL FORMS PROVIDED BY THE NEW JERSEY APPEAL COURT?
The New Jersey appeal usually provides certain types of New Jersey legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey appeal forms provided by the New Jersey appeal court – the New Jersey forms are often deceptively simple, while New Jersey appeal cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for New Jersey lawyer who has experience handling New Jersey appeal cases. New Jersey forms don’t talk and New Jersey 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 case. Each New Jersey appeal case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a competent New Jersey trial attorney, it is best to have the New Jersey attorney prepare your New Jersey appeal paperwork for you.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEW JERSEY APPEAL?
Handling your New Jersey appeal 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 appeals lawyer!
Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey appeal. Not all New Jersey appeals 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.

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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