Resources for Civil Litigation
New Jersey Courts: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/
Board on Attorney Certification: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/supreme_doc/njbac/
Definition of “Civil Law”
Civil Law Courts provide a forum for deciding disputes involving torts (such as accidents, negligence, and libel), contract disputes, disputes arising from wills, trusts, property disputes, commercial law, and any other private matters that involve private parties and organizations including government departments. An action by an individual (or legal equivalent) against the Government is a civil matter, but when the State, being represented by a prosecutor against an individual, this is criminal law, not civil law. In New Jersey, Civil Law Cases are heard at the Trial level in the Superior Courts of New Jersey, including their subparts, of Small Claims ($3,000 or less) and Special Civil Part ($3000 - $15,000). Every County in New Jersey has its own Superior Court. When actions are not in Special Civil Part or Small Claims, there is no jurisdictional limit. This means the plaintiff can sue for any amount warranted, whether it is $1 million dollars or $1 billion dollars. When there is Federal jurisdiction, a suit can be brought in Federal Court. The nearest Federal Court to my office is in Newark.