What follows is a brief but informative summary of rules, procedures, and filings requirements for small claims court in New Jersey. Keep in mind that rules and laws change. It’s always a good idea to confirm the rules with the court or with further research.

Maximum Jurisdictional Dollar Amount: The maximum dollar amount is $3,000.

Where Suit May Be Brought: Case may be brought where the defendant resides. Nonresident defendants may be sued where breach or injury occurred.

Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by certified mail, sheriff, sergeant-at arms, court- approved adult, or Officers of the Special Civil Part.

How the Hearing Date Is Selected: The hearing date is set by the court.

Attorney Representation Rule: Attorneys are allowed.

Special Provisions Regarding Transfer or Jurisdiction of Cases: If defendant requests a jury trial or counterclaims for more than $2000, the case shall be tried under regular civil procedure of Civil Part.

Availability of Appeals: Either litigant may appeal for a review of law but not of the facts to Appellate Division of Superior Court within 45 days.

Special Rules and Notes: Only contract, property damage caused by motor vehicles and landlord-tenant security deposit cases. Right to sue may not be transferred. Jury trials are available by written demand or court order.

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