How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in New Jersey?
If your case was held in New Jersey and you lost, you have the right to appeal the decision by following this procedure.
Notice of Appeal
First, you must file a notice of appeal within forty-five days of the final judgment for your case. The notice of appeal must be filed with the appellate court in your district. Be sure to include the following information on your form:
- Names, addresses, email and phone numbers of all parties involved.
- Case name and docket number.
- Judge’s name.
- Name of the court where your trial was held.
- Designate whether or not you will be requesting a transcript.
- Date and sign
- $250 filing fee due at the time of filing.
You must also attach your request for transcript form and case information statement that describes the case and the appeal. There is a filing fee, and you may even have to pay a deposit for appeal costs.
You are also responsible for supplying all other parties with a copy of your notice of appeal and documenting that this was completed.
The brief is an essential document in the appeals process. You must format it according to the New Jersey guidelines and include the following information:
- Table of contents
- Table of citations
- Prelim statement
- Procedural history
- Statement of the facts
- Transcript references
- Legal arguments
You are limited to sixty-five pages total for your brief, and your reply brief can be no more than twenty pages. The appellee brief is limited to ninety pages.
The appellant brief is due forty-five days after everyone has received the transcript.
The appellee has thirty days to respond with their brief, and the appellant has another ten days to file a reply brief.
A panel of three appellate judges will review your case and all the accompanying paperwork. They will come to a final decision called an opinion which they will publish in writing, and the opinion will be sent to all parties.
You have the right to appeal the appeal if you so choose.