New Jersey Small Claims Court: An Overview

What you need to know about New Jersey's small claims procedure.

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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in New Jersey?

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $3,000 ($5,000 for claims relating to security deposits).

Which court hears small claims cases in New Jersey?

Small claims cases in New Jersey are heard in the Small Claims Section (Superior Court, Special Civil Part).

How long does the defendant have to answer the small claims court complaint?

In New Jersey, the defendant may file a written answer within 35 days of service of the complaint, but only if a counterclaim is being filed. Otherwise, an answer is not required.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in New Jersey?

You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in New Jersey.

Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in New Jersey?

Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in New Jersey, but must be heard by a higher court.

Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, jury trials are allowed only if the defendant submits a demand at least five days before the return of summons. The case is then transferred to special civil part.

Where can I get more information about small claims court in New Jersey?

For more information about New Jersey small claims court, see

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles and a Small Claims Court FAQ. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).

Last updated on 10/01/09.

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