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SPECIAL CIVIL SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION?
A New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is a Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant’s formal request, made by an application called a Special Civil motion, to have some or all portions of a case decided by a Special Civil judge in that party’s favor and before a trial occurs. The party making the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is called the “Special Civil moving party” or “movant” and the party responding to the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is called the “respondent” or “responding party” or “Special Civil nonmoving party” or “opposing Special Civil party”. The Special Civil papers submitted with the Special Civil moving party’s motion are called “Special Civil moving papers” and the Special Civil papers submitted in opposition to the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion are called “opposition papers.” The date that the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is scheduled to be heard is called its “return date” or “hearing date”. Special Civil judges decide issues of law in a case. In jury trials, juries decide factual issues of a case and in trials without a jury (called “nonjury trials”) a Special Civil judge decides the facts of a case. A New Jersey Special Civil Part Summary Judgment Motion is a type of motion that seek the dismissal of part or all of a case or of the defense to a case without the need for holding a trial. A Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant seeking any affirmative relief may, after the service of the Special Civil pleading claiming such relief, move for a summary judgment or order on all or any part thereof or as to any defense. The judgment or order sought shall be rendered forthwith if the Special Civil pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories and admissions on file, together with the affidavits, if any, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact challenged and that the Special Civil moving party is entitled to a Special Civil judgment or Special Civil order as a matter of law. An issue of fact is genuine only if, considering the burden of persuasion at trial, the evidence submitted by the parties on the motion, together with all legitimate inferences therefrom favoring the non-Special Civil moving party, would require submission of the issue to the trier of fact. The New Jersey Special Civil Part shall find the facts and state its conclusions in accordance with R. 1:7-4. A summary judgment or order, interlocutory in character, may be rendered on any issue in the Special Civil action (including the issue of liability) although there is a genuine factual dispute as to any other issue (including any issue as to the amount of damages). Subject to the provisions of R. 4:42-2 (judgment upon multiple claims), a summary judgment final in character may be rendered in respect of any portion of the damages claimed.
In a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, the Special Civil moving party claims that some or all of the important facts of the New Jersey Special Civil Part case are not in dispute and therefore, that the law entitles the Special Civil moving party to a judgment on part or all of the New Jersey Special Civil Part case. Special Civil summary judgment motions are usually successful where there are no important issues of fact to be decided at trial and therefore, the Special Civil judge is able to decide the New Jersey Special Civil Part case before the Special Civil trial. If you face a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, given the complex nature of such motions and frequent changes in the law and court rules, you should seek professional advice from a Special Civil lawyer . No website is a substitute for competent legal advice.

CAN I JUST SHOW UP TO A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART MOTION HEARING WITH DOCUMENTS AND EXPECT TO WIN THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART MOTION HEARING?
Many people think they just show up at a New Jersey Special Civil Part motion hearing without first filing any Special Civil papers responding to the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion and that the New Jersey Special Civil Part court shall let them tell their story. This is not usually how New Jersey Special Civil Part motions work! Never assume you can just show up to Special Civil Court with documents and try to oppose a Special Civil motion!


WHEN ARE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTIONS FILED AND HEARD?
A New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion may be heard up to the Special Civil trial date and it must be typically be served and filed 10 days before the hearing date. Upon receipt of an objection to the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion being granted and a request for oral argument or at the direction of the New Jersey Special Civil Part, the New Jersey Special Civil Part Clerk sets the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion down for hearing and shall notify the parties or their attorneys by mail of the time and place of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion hearing. The New Jersey Special Civil Part has wide discretion over whether or not to hear a summary judgment motion on a trial date – it may decline to do so!

WHAT HAPPENS IF I IGNORE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION?
If a Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant files a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, the order sought will be entered in the discretion of the New Jersey Special Civil Part unless the attorney or pro se party upon whom it has been served notifies the clerk of the New Jersey Special Civil Part and the attorney for the Special Civil moving party or the pro se party in writing within ten days after the date of service of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion that the responding party objects to the entry of the order. Ignoring a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion could result in a money judgment being entered against you or the dismissal of your case and possibly exposes you to the risk of having your wages attached, your bank accounts frozen and the money given to the winning parties in the New Jersey Special Civil Part case, your personal property sold and a lien put against any homes or other real property you may own. You must respond to the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion in writing and in the proper way and before the deadline for a response expires.

HOW ARE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTIONS DECIDED?
The standard for determining Special Civil summary judgment motions is that, if the Special Civil pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories and admissions on file, together with the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits and New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications submitted in support or in opposition to the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, if any, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact challenged and that the Special Civil moving party is entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law. Under the summary judgment standard, not all issues of fact are relevant to the New Jersey Special Civil Part’s decision of whether to grant or deny summary judgment. Instead, an issue of fact is genuine only if, considering the burden of persuasion at trial, the evidence submitted by the parties on the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, together with all legitimate inferences therefrom favoring the non-Special Civil moving party, would require submission of the issue to the Special Civil judge or jury deciding the facts of the New Jersey Special Civil Part case (called the “trier of fact”). If a case lacks material factual disputes, the New Jersey Special Civil Part simply applies the appropriate law to the facts. Moreover, disputed facts of an insubstantial nature should not prevent the New Jersey Special Civil Part from granting a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion. Even where the Special Civil nonmoving party disputes an essential fact, if the rest of the record demonstrates an absence of a material and factual dispute, the New Jersey Special Civil Part may grant the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion.

IF I AM MAKING A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION IN THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART, WHAT MUST I FILE WITH THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
• Notice of motion
• Certifications or affidavits presenting any facts supporting your claim for relief
• Proof of mailing of the entire motion package to all other parties
• A brief that states the legal reasons for the New Jersey Special Civil Part to grant the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion and that refers to any cases, court rules, laws or regulations that support your right to summary judgment.
• Proposed form of Special Civil order
• 1 extra copy of the proposed form of Special Civil order with a letter sized self addressed stamped envelope attached to the copy (for the New Jersey Special Civil Part to use if it grants the proposed order)

Other items that are not necessary in every Special Civil case but which are often helpful to include with the Special Civil moving papers are:

• One extra copy of all the Special Civil moving papers to be stamped by the New Jersey Special Civil Part with the filing date and to be returned to you for your records.
• A self addressed stamped envelope for use by the Superior Court of New Jersey Clerk’s Office to return a filed copy of your Special Civil papers to you for your records.
• A letter to the appropriate branch of the Superior Court of New Jersey Clerk’s Office forwarding your Special Civil moving papers and listing each paper submitted to the New Jersey Special Civil Part and asking the New Jersey Special Civil Part to return a filed copy of your Special Civil papers to you for your records.
• New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications or New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits stating the facts supporting your claim for relief and introducing into evidence any exhibits that you seek to use to support your claim for relief.
• Exhibits specifically identified in and attached to the New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications or New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits you submit that support your factual claims about why the New Jersey Special Civil Part should grant the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion.

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART NOTICE OF MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT?
A New Jersey Special Civil Part notice of motion for summary judgment is a document containing certain language which tells all other parties and the New Jersey Special Civil Part certain information about the Special Civil moving party’s motion. The New Jersey Special Civil Part notice of motion for summary judgment instructs the New Jersey Special Civil Part hearing the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion and all parties involved in the New Jersey Special Civil Part case who filed papers with the New Jersey Special Civil Part of crucial information regarding the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion.

WHAT INFORMATION GOES INTO A THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART NOTICE OF MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT?
The notice of New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion should include the following information:
• the grounds on which it is made
• the type of relief sought (summary judgment)
• if the New Jersey Special Civil Part scheduled a trial or arbitration date, the scheduled date
• if the Special Civil moving party seeks oral argument on the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion
• the New Jersey Special Civil Part's address
• a statement that the order sought will be entered in the discretion of the New Jersey Special Civil Part unless the attorney or pro se party upon whom it has been served notifies the clerk of the New Jersey Special Civil Part and the attorney for the Special Civil moving party or the pro se party in writing within ten days after the date of service of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion that the responding party objects to the entry of the order.
• the following language: "NOTICE. IF YOU WANT TO RESPOND TO THIS MOTION YOU MUST DO SO IN WRITING. Your written response must be in the form of a New Jersey Special Civil Part certification or New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit. That means that the person signing it swears to the truth of the statements in the New Jersey Special Civil Part certification or New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit and is aware that the New Jersey Special Civil Part can punish him or her if the statements are knowingly false. You may ask for oral argument, which means you can ask to appear before the New Jersey Special Civil Part to explain your position. If the New Jersey Special Civil Part grants oral argument, you will be notified of the time, date, and place. Your response, if any, must be in writing even if you request oral argument. Any Special Civil papers you send to the New Jersey Special Civil Part must also be sent to the opposing Special Civil party's attorney, or the opposing Special Civil party if they are not represented by a Special Civil lawyer."
• the following language: "We are asking the New Jersey Special Civil Part to make a final decision against you without a trial or an opportunity for you to present your case to a Special Civil judge. We are requesting that a decision be entered against you because we say that the important facts are not in dispute and the law entitles us to a judgment. If you object to the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, you must file a written response stating what facts are disputed and why a decision should not be entered against you."

WHAT IS A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART PROOF OF SERVICE?
In all New Jersey Special Civil Part actions, unless otherwise provided by rule or court order, Special Civil summary judgment motions (other than those made without notice to other parties) and briefs, appendices, petitions and other papers offered in support of or in opposition to Special Civil summary judgment motions must be served upon all attorneys of record in the Special Civil action and upon parties appearing pro se; but no service need be made on parties who have failed to appear (that is, parties who were named to a case but failed to ever file any Special Civil papers whatsoever with the New Jersey Special Civil Part). Proof of service of a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion may be made (1) by an acknowledgment of service, signed by the attorney for a Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant or signed and acknowledged by the party, or (2) by an New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit of the person making service, or (3) by a New Jersey Special Civil Part certification of service appended to the paper to be filed and signed by the attorney for the party making service. If service has been made by mail the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit or New Jersey Special Civil Part certification shall state that the mailing was to the last known address of the person served. A proof of service made by New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit or New Jersey Special Civil Part certification shall state the name and address of each attorney served, identifying the party that attorney represents, and the name and address of any pro se party. The proof shall be filed with the New Jersey Special Civil Part promptly and in any event before action is to be taken on the matter by the New Jersey Special Civil Part. Where service has been made by registered or certified mail, filing of the return receipt card with the New Jersey Special Civil Part shall not be required. Failure to make proof of service does not affect the validity of the service, and the New Jersey Special Civil Part at any time may allow the proof to be amended or supplied unless an injustice would result.

In New Jersey Special Civil summary judgment motions, the proof of service most often takes the form of an New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit or New Jersey Special Civil Part certification that states that the party submitting papers to the New Jersey Special Civil Part for filing served those papers on all parties involved in the New Jersey Special Civil Part case that ever filed papers with the New Jersey Special Civil Part (parties that entered their “appearance” such as by filing a Special Civil complaint or Special Civil answer or Special Civil motion in the New Jersey Special Civil Part case). The proof of service should include the names and addresses of all those parties – their attorneys names and addresses only, if they are represented and for the self represented parties, their names and addresses.

HOW DO I SERVE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION AND OPPOSITION PAPERS ON OTHER PARTIES IN THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART?
Service of motion papers is complete only on receipt at the office of adverse counsel or the address of a pro se party. If service is by ordinary mail, receipt will be presumed on the third business day after mailing. Service upon a Special Civil lawyer of summary judgment motion or opposition papers is made by mailing a copy to the attorney at his or her office by ordinary mail, by handing it to the attorney or by leaving it at the office with a person in the attorney's employ or if the office is closed or the attorney has no office, in the same manner as service is made upon a Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant pursuant to the New Jersey Court Rules. If the party to be served is not represented by a Special Civil lawyer, service of summary judgment motion or opposition papers upon that party is made as provided in New Jersey Court Rule 4:4-4 or more commonly, by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested and simultaneously by ordinary mail to the party's last known address; or if no address is known, despite diligent effort, by ordinary mail to the clerk of the New Jersey Special Civil Part. Mail may be addressed to a post office box in lieu of a street address only if the sender cannot by diligent effort determine the addressee's street address or if the post office does not make street address delivery to the addressee. The specific facts underlying the diligent effort required by this rule shall be recited in the proof of service required by New Jersey Court Rule 1:5-3. If, however, proof of diligent inquiry as to a Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant’s whereabouts has already been filed within six months prior to service under this rule, a new diligent inquiry need not be made provided the proof of service required by New Jersey Court Rule 1:5-3 asserts that the party making service has no knowledge of any facts different from those recited in the prior proof of diligent inquiry.

WHAT ARE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART AFFIDAVITS AND NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART CERTIFICATIONS?
New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits are written statements:
• made in the first person.
• divided into numbered paragraphs.
• that have a caption which includes a designation of the particular proceeding the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit supports or opposes and the original date, if any, fixed for the hearing for which the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit is made.
• signed and dated by the individuals making the statements contained in the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits.

The person making the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit is called “the affiant”.

New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications are written statements made instead of New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits, oaths or verifications required by the New Jersey Court Rules which state the same information required for New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits plus the following language before the signature of the individuals making the New Jersey Special Civil Part certification: "I certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true. I am aware that if any of the foregoing statements made by me are wilfully false, I am subject to punishment."

If a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is based on facts not appearing in the New Jersey Special Civil Part’s records or not judicially noticeable, the New Jersey Special Civil Part may hear the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion if it is supported by New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits or New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications made on personal knowledge, setting forth only facts which are admissible in evidence to which the affiant is competent to testify. If the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit or New Jersey Special Civil Part certification refers to documents, true and correct copies of the documents, the authenticity of which must be affirmed or certified to, should be attached to the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit or New Jersey Special Civil Part certification. Once a Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant submits New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits or New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications, the New Jersey Special Civil Part may direct the affiant to submit to cross-examination or may hear the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion wholly or partly on oral testimony or depositions. Since the rules require that New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits and New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications be made from personal knowledge, New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits and New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications submitted in support of Special Civil summary judgment motions should not include facts based merely on "information and belief" or legal arguments.

When a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is made and supported as provided in this rule, an adverse party may not rest upon the mere allegations or denials of the Special Civil pleading, but must respond by proper New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits or New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications. If the adverse party does not so respond, summary judgment, if appropriate, shall be entered, unless it appears from the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits or New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications submitted to the New Jersey Special Civil Part and for reasons stated in those New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits or New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications, that the party was unable to present by New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit or New Jersey Special Civil Part certification facts essential to justify opposition, in which case the New Jersey Special Civil Part may deny the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, may order a continuance to permit additional New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits or New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications to be obtained, to permit depositions to be taken or to permit further discovery to be conducted.

Parties submitting New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications or New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits either in support of or in opposition to summary judgment must take extreme care not to submit those New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications or New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits in bad faith. If the New Jersey Special Civil Part is satisfied, at any time, that any of the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits submitted for or against summary judgment were presented in bad faith or solely for the purpose of delay, the New Jersey Special Civil Part shall immediately order the party employing them to pay to the other party the amount of the reasonable expenses resulting from the filing of the New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits, including reasonable attorney's fees and the New Jersey Special Civil Part may also hold any offending party or attorney as having committed a contempt of court.

WHAT IF I CANNOT GET THE ORIGINAL SIGNATURE OF A PERSON MAKING A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART CERTIFICATION OR NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART AFFIDAVIT?
If the affiant is not available to sign an New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit or New Jersey Special Civil Part certification, it may be filed with a facsimile of the original signature provided the attorney or self represented party offering the document certifies that the affiant acknowledged the genuineness of the signature and that the document or a copy with an original signature affixed will be filed if requested by the New Jersey Special Civil Part or a Special Civil plaintiff or Special Civil defendant.

WHAT IS A SPECIAL CIVIL STATEMENT OF UNCONTESTED MATERIAL FACTS?
The Special Civil statement of material facts states in separately numbered paragraphs each material fact that the Special Civil moving party claims there is no genuine issue together with a citation to the portion of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion record establishing the fact or demonstrating that it is uncontroverted. Each citation must identify the document and specify the pages and paragraphs or lines thereof or the specific portions of the exhibits relied on. These types of statements are not required in New Jersey Special Civil Part cases but if you are served with one you should answer it as required by the New Jersey Court Rules and file your response with the New Jersey Special Civil Part as part of your Special Civil opposition to the Special Civil Part summary judgment motion.

WHAT IS A PROPOSED FORM OF SPECIAL CIVIL ORDER?
Special Civil motions for summary judgment must include a proposed form of Special Civil order for the Special Civil judge’s signature and that orders that the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion be granted. A Special Civil judgment or Special Civil order shall not contain a recital of the Special Civil pleadings in the New Jersey Special Civil Part case or the record of prior Special Civil proceedings. It must include the following:

• the caption of the New Jersey Special Civil Part case
• signature line for the Special Civil judge hearing the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion
• Spaces for the New Jersey Special Civil Part to indicate whether the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion was opposed or unopposed.
• If the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion or response thereto relies on facts not of record or not subject of judicial notice, it shall be supported by New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavit or New Jersey Special Civil Part certification made in compliance with the New Jersey Court Rules
• a designation of the subject of the judgment or order (i.e., Summary Judgment Dismissing Complaint, etc.)
• the date or dates on which the matter was heard or submitted
• the appearances of counsel and parties appearing pro se
• a separate numbered paragraph for each separate substantive provision of the judgment or order
• the effective date of the judgment or order or of each provision if the effective date of any provision is different from the date of entry
• If the New Jersey Special Civil Part has made findings of fact and conclusions of law explaining its disposition of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, the order shall indicate whether the findings and conclusions were written or oral and the date on which they were rendered. However, if the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion was argued and the New Jersey Special Civil Part intends to place its findings on the record at a later date, it shall give all parties one day's notice, which may be telephonic, of the time and place it shall do so. If no such findings have been made, the New Jersey Special Civil Part shall append to the order a statement of reasons for its disposition if it concludes that explanation is either necessary or appropriate. If the order directs a plenary or other evidential hearing, it shall specifically describe the issues to be so tried. A written order or record notation shall be entered by the New Jersey Special Civil Part memorializing the disposition made on a telephone motion.

IF I FACE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION, HOW SHOULD I OPPOSE IT?
A New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion shall be deemed uncontested and there shall be no right to argue orally in opposition unless responsive papers are timely filed and served stating with particularity the basis of the Special Civil opposition to the relief sought. If you wish to oppose a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, do not sit and wait for the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion to be decided! Instead, before the deadline expires for filing Special Civil opposition papers file the appropriate papers with the appropriate court, find out who the Special Civil judge is that shall be hearing the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion and forward that Special Civil judge a complete copy of those papers. If you want to argue the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion orally, your Special Civil opposition papers must include a request for oral argument. At the same time, you should serve a complete copy of your Special Civil opposition papers on all parties who ever entered an appearance in the New Jersey Special Civil Part case, such as by filing a Special Civil complaint or Special Civil answer or Special Civil motion in the New Jersey Special Civil Part case. Unless the New Jersey Special Civil Part otherwise orders, opposing New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits, New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications, briefs and cross-motions for summary judgment, if any, must be served and filed not later than 10 days before the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion hearing date. The following are the documents you should timely file with the New Jersey Special Civil Part, forward to the Special Civil judge hearing the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion and serve on the appropriate parties:

• Certifications or affidavits presenting any facts disputing the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion or providing facts supporting the denial of the the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion
• Proof of mailing of the entire motion package to all other parties
• If a statement of uncontested material facts was filed with the Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, a responding statement either admitting or disputing each of the facts in the movant's statement. Subject to R. 4:46-5(a), all material facts in the movant's statement which are sufficiently supported will be deemed admitted for purposes of the motion only, unless specifically disputed by citation conforming to the requirements of paragraph (a) demonstrating the existence of a genuine issue as to the fact. An opposing Special Civil party may also include in the responding statement additional facts that the party contends are material and as to which there exists a genuine issue. Each such fact shall be stated in separately numbered paragraphs together with citations to the motion record.

When a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is made and properly supported, the opposing Special Civil party may not rest upon the mere allegations or denials of the Special Civil pleading, but must respond by proper New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits or New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications.

Other items that are not necessary in every Special Civil case but which are often helpful to include with the Special Civil moving papers are:

• One extra copy of all the Special Civil moving papers to be stamped by the New Jersey Special Civil Part with the filing date and to be returned to you for your records.
• A self addressed stamped envelope for use by the Superior Court of New Jersey Clerk’s Office to return a filed copy of your Special Civil papers to you for your records.
• A letter to the appropriate branch of the Superior Court of New Jersey Clerk’s Office forwarding your Special Civil moving papers and listing each paper submitted to the New Jersey Special Civil Part and asking the New Jersey Special Civil Part to return a filed copy of your Special Civil papers to you for your records.
• A brief that states the legal reasons for the New Jersey Special Civil Part to grant the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion and that refers to any cases, court rules, laws or regulations that support your right to summary judgment.
• New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications or New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits stating the facts supporting your claim for relief and introducing into evidence any exhibits that you seek to use to support your claim for relief.
• Exhibits specifically identified in and attached to the New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications or New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits you submit that support your factual claims about why the New Jersey Special Civil Part should grant the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILE A SPECIAL CIVIL JUDGMENT MOTION OR OPPOSITION TO A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION?
• If your motion papers were marked oral argument waived, unless the New Jersey Special Civil Part otherwise orders the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion might not require you to appear for a hearing.
• If your Special Civil papers are marked to specifically request oral argument, the New Jersey Special Civil Part might permit you to orally argue the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion.
• If your Special Civil papers were not marked for oral argument and you wish to request oral argument you shall have to change the brief and/or New Jersey Special Civil Part certification in support of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion. Even if you request oral argument you are not always entitled to oral argument on motions – it is the New Jersey Special Civil Part’s decision alone on whether to grant such argument.
• Regardless of how your Special Civil papers are marked, before ever showing up for a hearing call the New Jersey Special Civil Part and find out the name of the Special Civil judge hearing the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion and the phone number of the Special Civil judge’s chambers. Call the Special Civil judge’s chambers to find out if the New Jersey Special Civil Part is going to hold oral argument on the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion. Don’t ever assume that you shall automatically have oral argument or not have to appear for it – always check with the New Jersey Special Civil Part!!!!
• You should also receive a filed copy of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion papers back from the New Jersey Special Civil Part. If you mailed the documents to the New Jersey Special Civil Part for filing do not receive a filed copy of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion and such a card within 7 days of filing the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, call the New Jersey Special Civil Part to find out why (it is not unusual for courts to lose motions or to fail to mail papers back to litigants or their attorneys). When you call, refer to your case docket number and have your Special Civil papers ready for reference.
• If you hand deliver the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion to the New Jersey Special Civil Part be sure to get a time stamped copy of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion back from the clerk’s office before leaving court – the clerk’s office normally stamps the date and time when they receive your Special Civil papers.
• You may state in your Special Civil opposition papers that you want your motion to be decided without you having to appear but the New Jersey Special Civil Part can demand your appearance even if you give up your right to appear.
• If the New Jersey Special Civil Part requires you to appear for argument on the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion (the New Jersey Special Civil Part may do so regardless of whether you requested argument), the New Jersey Special Civil Part should contact you and you must appear on the date and time as requested.
• If you are not sure if you have to appear at the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion hearing, you should call the New Jersey Special Civil Part the day before the hearing and if necessary, call the Special Civil judge’s chambers and ask to speak with the Special Civil judge’s clerk or secretary (if the clerk is unavailable).
• If you find out that the New Jersey Special Civil Part requires your appearance at the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion hearing, to avoid having the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion denied, go to Special Civil Court on the date the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion to argue the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion. Failure to appear at Court if the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is scheduled for argument may result in the denial of your motion. If and when you go to Special Civil Court, be sure to bring a complete file of all documents about your case – letters, motion copies, exhibits and all proof of mailing (returned certified mail cards, certified mail receipts indicating that you mailed documents to your opponent, etc.). For, if the New Jersey Special Civil Part hears your motion, the Special Civil judge may question you to confirm that you properly served it.
• Normally, after the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is scheduled to be decided, the New Jersey Special Civil Part forwards you a copy of the order granting or denying the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion.
• If the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is granted, you should be forwarded a copy of the granted order by the New Jersey Special Civil Part. If this happens, make 1 copy of the order, sign/date the letter serving the order on your opponent, make 1 copy and forward the original letter to your adversary with 1 copy of the order (keep the original order for your records).
• Note that the New Jersey Special Civil Part may use telephone conferences to hear motions and with advance approval by the New Jersey Special Civil Part, sometimes the New Jersey Special Civil Part allows parties to appear by telephone instead of appearing at court in person. If you intend to try to appear by phone, you must get the New Jersey Special Civil Part’s consent in advance of the hearing! Consult the New Jersey Court Rules for further details.

WHAT IF I AM OPPOSING A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION AND I WANT TO SEEK SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SOME OTHER TYPE OF RELIEF RELATED TO MY OPPONENT’S NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION?
A New Jersey Special Civil Part party opposing a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion who wants to seek summary judgment or some other type of relief related to their opponent’s New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion must file a cross motion seeking the relief they want from the New Jersey Special Civil Part. To file a cross motion, you must generally follow the steps discussed above for filing motions. However, the cross motion should be scheduled to be heard on the same date as the original New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion that you are opposing.

WHAT IF I FILE A PROPERLY SUPPORTED NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION AND THE OTHER PARTY DOESN’T FILE PROPERLY SUPPORTED OPPOSITION PAPERS?
If a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is properly supported, the burden rests on the respondent to show why the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion should not be granted. Unless the respondent can do more than simply create some doubt as to the material facts presented by the Special Civil moving party, the New Jersey Special Civil Part should grant the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion. The New Jersey Special Civil Part should not ignore the respondent’s burden to come forward with evidence showing more than mere doubt that the crucial facts of the New Jersey Special Civil Part case support the granting of the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion. Even if the respondent merely presents legal arguments to deny summary judgment, those arguments, if unsupported by proof of material facts, should fail to save the respondent from having the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion decided against the respondent. For example, if a respondent offers no New Jersey Special Civil Part affidavits, New Jersey Special Civil Part certifications or other proofs in opposition to the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, the New Jersey Special Civil Part may accept as true the evidence submitted by the Special Civil moving party. However, even where the Special Civil nonmoving party fails to follow the New Jersey Court Rules, New Jersey Special Civil Part sometimes decide to deny a New Jersey Special Civil summary judgment motions. In fact, it is not unusual for New Jersey Special Civil Part to refuse to apply certain New Jersey Court Rules to one party but to apply them to another party.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MAKE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION AND DECIDE BEFORE ITS HEARING DATE THAT I WANT TO ABANDON THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION OR BEFORE ITS HEARING DATE THE PARTIES SETTLE THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART CASE?
Special Civil moving parties are permitted to withdraw their motions for summary judgment from the New Jersey Special Civil Part before the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion is heard. If the Special Civil moving party decides to withdraw its New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion or they settle their case, the Special Civil moving party must immediately inform the New Jersey Special Civil Part. This is best done by calling the Special Civil judge’s chambers for the Special Civil judge hearing the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion and advising them of the decision, calling the clerk’s office and advising them of the decision and writing a confirming letter (it is best to get a fax # for the New Jersey Special Civil Part to fax it to the New Jersey Special Civil Part and to also forward it by certified mail, RRR, keeping a copy for your records).

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART GRANTS MY NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION?
Unless the New Jersey Special Civil Part otherwise orders, within 7 days after the date it was signed, the party obtaining an order granting summary judgment or entering summary judgment shall serve it as required by the New Jersey Court Rules.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION?
If you are a Special Civil plaintiff and you lose a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion made by your opponent, it could mean the dismissal of your Special Civil lawsuit forever and it could prevent you from ever recovering money damages against a defendant who you believe owes you money. If you are a defendant and you lose a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion made by a Special Civil plaintiff, it could mean the entry of a money judgment against you and the beginning of the plaintiff’s efforts to collect the judgment from you by freezing your bank accounts, attaching your wages, putting a lien on your home and forcing you to answer detailed questions about your finances. If you disagree with the New Jersey Special Civil Part’s decision about a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion, you may file papers for the New Jersey Special Civil Part to reconsider its decision – called a Special Civil motion for reconsideration. In some cases, the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion for reconsideration must be made in 20 days from the date of the New Jersey Special Civil Part’s order deciding the New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion. You may appeal the New Jersey Special Civil Part case to a higher court -- the New Jersey Appellate Division. There are very strict deadlines for filing appeals. To appeal a final judgment that resolves all issues in the New Jersey Special Civil Part case, you may file a notice of appeal and other required documents with the New Jersey Appellate Division within 45 days from the date of judgment and pay a fee to the New Jersey Appellate Division – New Jersey Special Civil Part, Civil Part and Special Civil Part appeals are not heard by the Civil Part or the Special Civil Part and you should not try to file appellate papers with those courts! As part of your appeal, you usually must also prepare a written court transcript request and order a court transcript from the appropriate court that decided the matter against you and pay a fee for it. Appeals are some of the most complex Special Civil proceedings in the New Jersey Special Civil Part system. The New Jersey Special Civil Part normally has Special Civil forms available on the worldwide web. However, neither court Special Civil forms, websites nor advice from court personnel are good substitutes for a competent attorney’s legal services. Each case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a Special Civil lawyer, it is best to have the attorney perform the steps necessary to take an appeal. Appeals from orders or judgments that are not final are called “interlocutory appeals” and the procedure for such appeals is somewhat different than those for appeals from final judgments or orders.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION MYSELF?
Special Civil summary judgment motions are some of the most complex Special Civil proceedings in the New Jersey Special Civil Part system. Some people can and do successfully handle Special Civil summary judgment motions themselves, from filing the first paperwork to the New Jersey Special Civil Part’s final decision on the appeal. If you lose a New Jersey Special Civil Part summary judgment motion it could have very serious consequences for you! Even attorneys frequently fail to file the proper paperwork when making or opposing Special Civil summary judgment motions. It is very risky to attempt to handle such complex Special Civil proceedings without professional legal help provided by a Special Civil lawyer licensed by the State of New Jersey. The New Jersey Special Civil Part normally has Special Civil forms available on the worldwide web. However, neither court Special Civil forms, websites nor advice from court personnel are good substitutes for a competent attorney’s legal services. Each case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a Special Civil lawyer, it is best to have the attorney perform the steps necessary to take an appeal. Special Civil summary judgment motions require those involved in the appeal (or their attorneys, if they are represented) to file strict deadlines and rules and failure to do so could result in fines or having the appeal dismissed temporarily or forever.

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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