If you are being sued in special civil court or are considering pursuing an action against another party in special civil court, please do not hesitate to call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation.

Special Civil is one of three sections of the Superior Court’s Special Civil Part. The other two sections are Landlord/Tenant and Small Claims. Special Civil is limited to cases in which the demand is $15,000 or less. If you believe you are entitled to recover more than $15,000, your case should be filed in the Law Division of the Superior Court. Special Civil is a court in which you may sue someone (the defendant) to collect an amount of money up to $15,000 that you believe is owed to you. [If your claim is $3,000 or less, ($5,000 in the case of a tenant’s security deposit), you may sue in the Small Claims Section.]

If you believe you are entitled to damages greater than $15,000, but still wish to sue in Special Civil, you give up your right to recover damages over $15,000. The additional money cannot be claimed later in a separate lawsuit.

Following is a general list of claims that may be filed in Special Civil:

  • Breach of a written or oral contract.
  • Return of money used as a down payment.
  • Property damage caused by a motor vehicle accident.
  • Damage to or loss of property.
  • Consumer complaints for defective merchandise or faulty workmanship.
  • Payment for work performed.
  • Claims based on bad checks.
  • Return of a tenant’s security deposit.
  • Claims arising from professional malpractice (for example, alleged malpractice by a doctor, dentist, or lawyer).

Its also important to remember that a plaintiff or defendant that is a corporation must be represented by an attorney when the claim is greater than $3,000.

If you are being sued in special civil court or are considering pursuing an action against another party in special civil court, please do not hesitate to call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation.

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