Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey

NOTE: Includes all amendments through those effective September 1, 2016.
ID Subject Title Number
1:1 Applicability, Scope, Construction, Relaxation and Citation of Rules Part 1 1
1:2 Conduct of Proceedings Generally Part 1 2
1:3 Time Part 1 3
1:4 Form and Execution of Papers Part 1 4
1:5 Service and Filing of Papers Part 1 5
1:6 Motions and Briefs in the Trial Courts Part 1 6
1:7 General Provisions for Trials Part 1 7
1:8 Jury Part 1 8
1:9 Subpoenas Part 1 9
1:10 Contempt of Court and Enforcement of Litigant's Rights Related Thereto Part 1 10
1:11 Withdrawal, Substitution, Termination of Responsibility of Attorney Part 1 11
1:12 Disqualification and Disability of Judges Part 1 12
1:13 Miscellaneous Rules as to Procedure Part 1 13
1:14 Codes of Ethics Part 1 14
1:15 Limitation on Practice of Attorneys Part 1 15
1:16 Miscellaneous Limitations on Attorneys and Parties Part 1 16
1:17 Judges and Court Personnel: Limitation on Political Activity, Holding of Other Public Office or Position and Other Gainful Pursuit Part 1 17
1:17A Advisory Committee on Outside Activities of Judiciary Employees Part 1 18
1:18 Duty of Judges Part 1 19
1:18A Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activities Part 1 20
1:18B Judicial Financial Reporting Part 1 21
1:19 Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics Part 1 22
1:19A Committee on Attorney Advertising Part 1 23
1:20 Discipline of Members of the Bar Part 1 24
1:20A District Fee Arbitration Committees Part 1 25
1:20B Disciplinary Oversight Committee Part 1 26
1:21 Practice of Law Part 1 27
1:22 Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Part 1 28
1:23 Board of Bar Examiners Part 1 29
1:24 Bar Examinations; Qualifications for Admission to Examination Part 1 30
1:25 Committee on Character Part 1 31
1:26 Skills and Methods Course (Caption and text deleted Dec. 18, 2009 effective immediately) Part 1 32
1:27 Admission to Practice Part 1 33
1:27A Advisory Committee on Bar Admissions Part 1 34
1:27B Bar Admissions Financial Committee Part 1 35
1:28 New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Part 1 36
1:28A Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Fund Part 1 37
1:28B New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program Part 1 38
1:29 Certificates of Admission and Good Standing; Change of Name; Confirmatory Certificates Part 1 39
1:30 Court Schedules Part 1 40
1:31 Places for Transaction of Court Business Part 1 41
1:32 Reports by Courts and Personnel; Records; Forms and Process Prescribed by Administrative Director Part 1 42
1:33 Administrative Responsibility Part 1 43
1:34 Supporting Personnel of the Courts Part 1 44
1:35 Judicial Conferences Part 1 45
1:35A Judicial Performance Program Part 1 46
1:36 Opinions; Filing; Publication Part 1 47
1:37 Court Titles; Seals; Abbreviations Part 1 48
1:38 Public Access to Court Records and Administrative Records Part 1 49
1:39 Specialty Certification of Attorneys Part 1 50
1:40 Complementary Dispute Resolution Programs Part 1 51
1:41 Municipal Court Administrator Certification Program  Part 1 52
1:42 Continuing Legal Education  Part 1 53
1:43 Filing and Other Fees Established Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2B:1-7 Part 1 54
Part 1 Appendices Code of Judicial Conduct Part 1 55
Part 1 Appendices Code of Conduct for Judiciary Employees Part 1 56
Part 1 Appendices Rules of Professional Conduct Part 1 57
Part 1 Appendices Code of Professional Conduct for Interpreters, Transliterators, and Translators Part 1 58
2:1 Scope Part 2 59
2:2 Appealable Judgments and Determinations Part 2 60
2:3 Who May Appeal Part 2 61
2:4 Time for Appeal Part 2 62
2:5 How to Appeal Part 2 63
2:6 Appendices; Briefs; Transcript Part 2 64
2:7 Appeals by Indigent Persons Part 2 65
2:8 Motions; Dismissals; Summary Dispositions Part 2 66
2:9 Miscellaneous Proceedings Pending Appeal Part 2 67
2:10 Scope of Review Part 2 68
2:11 Argument; Determination; Costs; Rehearing Part 2 69
2:12 Appeals on Certification to the Supreme Court Part 2 70
2:12A Certification of Questions of Law By the Supreme Court Part 2 71
2:13 Administration Part 2 72
2:14 Removal of Judges Part 2 73
2:15 Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct Part 2 74
3:1 Scope Part 3 75
3:2 Contents of Complaint, Arrest Warrant and Summons Part 3 76
3:3 Summons or Warrant Upon Complaint Part 3 77
3:4 Proceedings Before the Committing Judge; Pretrial Release Part 3 78
3:4A Pretrial Detention Part 3 79
3:5 Search Warrants Part 3 80
3:6 The Grand Jury Part 3 81
3:7 Indictment and Accusation Part 3 82
3:8 Appearance of Counsel Part 3 83
3:9 Pretrial Procedure Part 3 84
3:10 Pleadings and Motions Before Trial; Defenses and Objections Part 3 85
3:11 [Reserved] Part 3 86
3:12 Defendant's Obligation to Provide Notice Part 3 87
3:12A [Deleted] Part 3 88
3:13 Depositions; Discovery Part 3 89
3:14 Place of Trial; Foreign Juries Part 3 90
3:15 Joinder and Severance Part 3 91
3:16 Presence of the Defendant Part 3 92
3:17 Electronic Recordation Part 3 93
3:18 Motion for Judgment of Acquittal Part 3 94
3:19 Verdict Part 3 95
3:20 New Trial Part 3 96
3:21 Sentence and Judgment; Withdrawal of Plea; Presentence Investigation; Probation Part 3 97
3:22 Post-conviction Relief Part 3 98
3:23 Appeals From Judgments of Conviction in Courts of Limited Criminal Jurisdiction Part 3 99
3:24 Appeals From Orders in Courts of Limited Criminal Jurisdiction Part 3 100
3:25 Dismissal Part 3 101
3:25A Consolidated Dispositions Part 3 102
3:26 Bail Part 3 103
3:27 [Reserved] Part 3 104
3:28 Pretrial Intervention Programs Part 3 105
3:29 Statement of Reasons for Disposition of Motion or Application Part 3 106
3:30  Fees for Expungement of Records Part 3 107
4:1 Scope of Rules Part 4 108
4:2 Form; Commencement of Action Part 4 109
4:3 Divisions; Venue; Transfer of Actions Part 4 110
4:4 Process Part 4 111
4:5 General Rules of Pleading Part 4 112
4:5A Tracks Defined Part 4 113
4:5B Case Management; Conferences Part 4 114
4:6 Defenses and Objections: When and How Presented; By Pleading or Motion; Motion for Judgment on Pleadings Part 4 115
4:7 Counterclaim and Cross-Claim Part 4 116
4:8 Third Party Practice Part 4 117
4:9 Amended and Supplemental Pleadings Part 4 118
4:10 Pretrial Discovery Part 4 119
4:11 Depositions Before Action or Pending Appeal or for Use in Other Jurisdictions Part 4 120
4:12 Persons Before Whom Depositions May Be Taken; Authority Part 4 121
4:13  Stipulations Regarding Discovery Procedure Part 4 122
4:14 Depositions Upon Oral Examination Part 4 123
4:15 Depositions Upon Written Questions Part 4 124
4:16 Use of Depositions; Objections; Effect; Errors and Irregularities Part 4 125
4:17 Interrogatories to Parties Part 4 126
4:18 Discovery and Inspection of Documents and Property; Copies of Documents Part 4 127
4:19 Physical and Mental Examination of Persons Part 4 128
4:20 Impartial Medical Examinations and Expert Testimony [Deleted] Part 4 129
4:21 Medical Malpractice Litigation [Deleted] Part 4 130
4:21A Arbitration of Certain Civil Actions Part 4 131
4:22 Requests for Admissions Part 4 132
4:23 Failure to Make Discovery; Sanctions Part 4 133
4:24 Time for Completion of Discovery and Other Pretrial Proceedings Part 4 134
4:25 Pretrial Conferences Part 4 135
4:26  Parties Plaintiff and Defendant Part 4 136
4:27 Joinder of Claims and Remedies Part 4 137
4:28 Joinder of Parties Part 4 138
4:29  Joinder of Multiple Parties Part 4 139
4:30  Misjoinder and Non-joinder of Parties Part 4 140
4:30A  Entire Controversy Doctrine Part 4 141
4:31  Interpleader Part 4 142
4:32  Class Actions Part 4 143
4:33  Intervention Part 4 144
4:34  Substitution Of Parties Part 4 145
4:35  Trial by Jury or by the Court Part 4 146
4:36 Assignment for Trial in the Superior Court Part 4 147
4:37 Dismissal of Actions Part 4 148
4:38 Consolidation; Separate Trials Part 4 149
4:38A Centralized Management of Mass Torts Part 4 150
4:39  Verdicts Part 4 151
4:40  Motion for Judgment Part 4 152
4:41  References Part 4 153  
4:42 Judgment; Orders; Damages; Costs Part 4 154
4:43 Default Part 4 155
4:44  Proceedings to Approve Settlements Part 4 156
4:44A  Proceedings to Approve Transfer Rights of Structured Settlement Payment Rights Part 4 157
4:45  Judgment by Confession Part 4 158
4:46 Summary Judgment Part 4 159
4:47 Entry of Judgment Part 4 160
4:48 Satisfaction or Cancellation of Judgment Part 4 161
4:48A  Judgments for Minors and Incompetents Part 4 162
4:49  New Trials; Amendment of Judgments Part 4 163
4:50  Relief From Judgment or Order Part 4 164
4:51 Ne Exeat; Capias Part 4 165
4:52 Injunctions Part 4 166
4:53  Receivers and Liquidating Trustees Part 4 167
4:54 Assignments for Benefit of Creditors Part 4 168
4:55  Discharge of Insolvent Debtors Part 4 169
4:56 Action to Approve a Plan of Bank Reorganization Part 4 170
4:57 Deposit in Court Part 4 171
4:58 Offer of Judgment Part 4 172
4:59 Process to Enforce Judgments Part 4 173
4:60 Attachment and Sequestration Part 4 174
4:61 Replevin Part 4 175
4:62  Quiet Title Part 4 176
4:63 Waste; Partition; Account; Dower; Curtesy Part 4 177
4:63A Motion and Hearing on Filing of Notice of Lis Pendens Part 4 178
4:64 Foreclosure of Mortgages, Condominium Association Liens and Tax Sale Certificates Part 4 179
4:65 Sales of Property; In General Part 4 180
4:66 [Reserved] [Former R. 4:66 redesignated as R. 4:94 June 29, 1990 to be effective September 4, 1990.] Part 4 181
4:67 Summary Actions Part 4 182
4:68 Actions for Escheat Under N.J.S. 2A:37–11 to 28, Inclusive [Deleted] Part 4 183
4:69 Actions in Lieu of Prerogative Writs Part 4 184
4:70 Summary Proceedings for Collection of Statutory Penalties Part 4 185
4:71 Appeals From Local Agencies Part 4 186
4:72 Actions for Change of Name Part 4 187
4:73 Condemnation; Appeals From Assessments Part 4 188
4:74 Special Proceedings in the Superior Court, Law Division Part 4 189
4:80 Application to Surrogate's Court for Probate or Administration Part 4 190
4:81 Application to Surrogate's Court for Guardianship of Minor Part 4 191
4:82 Matters in Which the Surrogate's Court May Not Act Part 4 192
4:83 Probate Actions in the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Probate Part: General Provisions Part 4 193
4:84 Complaints in Cases in Which Surrogate's Court Not Able to Act Part 4 194
4:85 Review by Superior Court of Actions by Surrogate's Court: General Provisions Part 4 195
4:86 Action for Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person or for the Appointment of a Conservator Part 4 196
4:87 Actions for the Settlement of Accounts Part 4 197
4:88 Commissions and Attorney's Fee Part 4 198
4:89 Distribution Part 4 199
4:90 Sale of Property Subject to Escheat to Pay Debts Part 4 200
4:91 Insolvent Estates Part 4 201
4:92 Proceedings to Apply Toward Decedent's Debts Moneys Received on Foreclosure and Partition Sales Part 4 202
4:93 Declaration of Death Part 4 203
4:94 Sale or Mortgage of Minor's and Incompetent's Lands Part 4 204
4:95 Miscellaneous Actions Part 4 205
4:96 Miscellaneous Part 4 206
4:100 Civil Docket Part 4 207
4:101 Docketing of Judgments; Recording of Transcript and Other Documents Part 4 208
5:1 Cognizability of Actions; Scope and Applicability of Rules Part 5 209
5:2 Venue Part 5 210
5:3 General Provisions for Family Actions Part 5 211
5:4 Process, Pleadings, Appearances Part 5 212
5:5 Pretrial Procedures and Procedures Relating to Certain Judgments Part 5 213
5:6 Summary Action for Support Part 5 214
5:6A Child Support Guidelines Part 5 215
5:6B Cost of Living Adjustments for Child Support Orders Part 5 216
5:7 Divorce, Dissolution of Civil Union, Termination of Domestic Partnership, Nullity, Separate Maintenance Part 5 217
5:7A Domestic Violence Restraining Orders Part 5 218
5:8 Custody of Children Part 5 219
5:8A Appointment of Counsel for Child Part 5 220
5:8B Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem Part 5 221
5:8C Appointment of Court Appointed Special Advocate Part 5 222
5:9  Actions by Approved Agency for Termination of Parental Rights Part 5 223
5:9A Actions for Kinship Legal Guradianships Part 5 224
5:10 Action for Adoption of a Child Part 5 225
5:10A Adoption of a Child or an Adult; Use of Automated System; Name Checks Part 5 226
5:11 Action for Adoption of Adult Part 5 227
5:12 Proceedings by Division of Child Protection and Permanency Part 5 228
5:13 Proceedings Under the Child Placement Review Act Part 5 229
5:14 Proceedings to Determine Parent-Child Relationship Part 5 230
5:15 Petition Contents; Filing; Service Part 5 231
5:16 Short-Term Custody Part 5 232
5:17 Juvenile-Family Crisis Hearing Part 5 233
5:18 Out-of-Home Placement Part 5 234
5:19 General Provisions Part 5 235
5:20 Complaint; Process Part 5 236
5:21 Custody, Pretrial Detention Part 5 237
5:22 Referral to Other Courts Part 5 238
5:23 Transfer of Causes From Other Courts Part 5 239
5:24 Disposition Part 5 240
5:25 Juvenile Conference Committees; Refer Part 5 241
6:1 Scope, Cognizability and Venue Part 6 242
6:2 Process Part 6 243
6:3 Pleadings, Motions and Parties Part 6 244
6:4 Proceedings Before Trial Part 6 245
6:5 Trials Part 6 246
6:6 Judgment Part 6 247
6:7 Process to Enforce Judgments Part 6 248
6:8 Special Actions: Attachment, Capias and Replevin; Return of Orders for Possession Part 6 249
6:9 Procedure for Collection of Statutory Penalties and for Confiscation of Chattels Part 6 250
6:10 Representation in Summary Actions Between Landlord and Tenant Part 6 251
6:11 Small Claims Section; Practice Part 6 252
6:12 General Provisions; Rules of Administration Part 6 253
7:1 Scope Part 7 254
7:2 Process Part 7 255
7:3 Proceedings Before The Committing Judge; Pretrial Release Part 7 256
7:4 Bail Part 7 257
7:5 Search Warrants; Suppression Part 7 258
7:6 Arraignment, Pleas  Part 7 259
7:7 Pretrial Procedures Part 7 260
7:8 Trial Part 7 261
7:9 Sentence and Judgment Part 7 262
7:10 New Trial Part 7 263
7:11 Summary Proceedings For Collection of Statutory Penalties [DELETED] Part 7 264
7:12 Trial of Traffic Offenses Part 7 265
7:13 Appeals Part 7 266
7:14 General Provisions; Administration  Part 7 267
APPENDIX TO PART VII GUIDELINES FOR OPERATION OF PLEA AGREEMENTS IN THE MUNICIPAL COURTS OF NEW JERSEY AND COMMENT (PDF) Part 7 268
SECOND APPENDIX TO PART VII GUIDELINES FOR DETERMINATION OF CONSEQUENCE OF MAGNITUDE Part 7 269
8:1 Scope: Applicability  Part 8 270
8:2 Review Jurisdiction  Part 8 271
8:3 Commencement of Action; Pleadings  Part 8 272
8:4 Time  Part 8 273
8:5 Process  Part 8 274
8:6 Pretrial Proceedings; Assignment to Tracks and Case Management  Part 8 275
8:7 Motions  Part 8 276
8:8 Trials  Part 8 277
8:9 Judgment  Part 8 278
8:10 New Trials; Amendment of Findings or Judgments  Part 8 279
8:11 Small Claims Division; Practice and Procedure  Part 8 280
8:12 Filing Fees  Part 8 281
8:13 Pilot County as Taxing District  Part 8 282
Appendix I-A Life Expectancies for All Races and Both Sexes Appendix 283
Appendix I-B Present Value Table of $1 Annuity Received at the end of each time period Appendix 284
Appendix II Interrogatory Forms  Appendix 285
Appendix II-A Notice to Client/Pro Se Party Pursuant to R. 4:23-5(a)(1)  Appendix 286
Appendix II-B Notice to Client/Pro Se Party Pursuant to R. 4:23-5(a)(2) Appendix 287
Appendix III Court Transcript Request Form (R. 2:5-3(a))  Appendix 288
Appendix IV Notice of Appeal to Appellate Division  Appendix 289
Appendix V Family Part Case Information Statements Appendix 290
Appendix VI Notice to Debtor (Rules 4:59-1(g) and 6:7-1(b) Appendix 291
Appendix VII Appellate Division Civil Case Information Statement  Appendix 292
Appendix VIII Appellate Division Criminal Case Information Statement Appendix 293
Appendix IX-A Considerations in the Use of Child Support Guidelines  Appendix 294
Appendix IX-B Use of the Child Support Guidelines  Appendix 295
Appendix IX-C Child Support Guidelines Sole Parenting Worksheet  Appendix 296
Appendix IX-D Child Support Guidelines Shared Parenting Worksheet  Appendix 297
Appendix IX-E Child Support Guidelines Net Childcare Cost Worksheet  Appendix 298
Appendix IX-F Basic Child Support Award Schedule  Appendix 299
Appendix IX-G Child Support Awards as a Percentage of Income  Appendix 300
Appendix IX-H Combined Tax Withholding Tables for Use With the Child Support Guidelines  Appendix 301
Appendix X Form of Case Management Order - Family (Rule 5:5-7)  Appendix 302
Appendix XI-A(1) Summons and Return of Service  Appendix 303
Appendix XI-A(2) Small Claims Summons and Return of Service  Appendix 304
Appendix XI-B Tenancy Summons  Appendix 305
Appendix XI-C Small Claims Complaint (Contract, Security Deposit, Rent or Tort)  Appendix 306
Appendix XI-D Small Claims Complaint - Motor Vehicle  Appendix 307
Appendix XI-E Answer - Auto Accident  Appendix 308
Appendix XI-F Answer  Appendix 309
Appendix XI-G Warrant of Removal  Appendix 310
Appendix XI-H Execution Against Goods and Chattels  Appendix 311
Appendix XI-I Notice of Application for Wage Execution  Appendix 312
Appendix XI-J Wage Execution  Appendix 313
Appendix XI-L Information Subpoena and Written Questions  Appendix 314
Appendix XI-M Notice Of Motion For Order Enforcing Litigant's Rights  Appendix 315
Appendix XI-N Certification in Support of Motion for Order Enforcing Litigant's Rights  Appendix 316
Appendix XI-O Order to Enforce Litigant's Rights  Appendix 317
Appendix XI-P Certification in Support of Application for Arrest Warrant  Appendix 318
Appendix XI-Q Warrant for Arrest  Appendix 319
Appendix XI-R Information Subpoena and Written Questions to Non-Parties  Appendix 320
Appendix XI-S Landlord/Tenant Pre-calendar Call Instructions  Appendix 321
Appendix XI-S Landlord/Tenant Pre-calendar Call Instructions - Spanish  Appendix 322
Appendix XI-T Certification by Landlord  Appendix 323
Appendix XI-U Certification by Landlord's Attorney  Appendix 324
Appendix XI-V Consent to Enter Judgment  Appendix 325
Appendix XI-W Consent to Enter Judgment for Possession (Tenant Vacates)  Appendix 326
Appendix XI-X Verified Complaint – Nonpayment of Rent  Appendix 327
Appendix XI-Y Writ of Possession  Appendix 328
Appendix XII-A Summons  Appendix 329
Appendix XII-B1 (Civil Case Information Statement (Civil CIS)  Appendix 330
Appendix XII-B2 Foreclosure Case Information Statement (FCIS)  Appendix 331
Appendix XII-C Authorization to Release Private Health Care Information  Appendix 332
Appendix XII-D Writ of Execution  Appendix 333
Appendix XII-E Writ of Wage Execution  Appendix 334
Appendix XII-F Order to Show Cause - Summary Action, Family Part (R. 5:4-3(b)) - Updated Address List  Appendix 335
Appendix XII-G Order to Show Cause - Preliminary Injunction (R. 4:52) - Updated Address List  Appendix 336
Appendix XII-H Order to Show Cause with Temporary Restraints (R. 4:52) - Updated Address List  Appendix 337
Appendix XII-I Order to Show Cause - Summary Action, Probate Part (R. 4:83-1)  Appendix 338
Appendix XII-J Amount Due Schedule  Appendix 339
Appendix XII-K Notice to Residential Tenants of Rights During Foreclosure  Appendix 340
Appendix XIII Certification of Child Support Arrears (deleted)  Appendix 341
Appendix XIV Financial Statement for Summary Support Actions (deleted)  Appendix 342
Appendix XVI Uniform Summary Support Order (R. 5:7-4) (deleted)  Appendix 343
Appendix XVII Temporary Support Order (R. 5:7-4) (deleted)  Appendix 344
Appendix XVIII Statement of Client Rights and Responsibilities in Civil Family Actions  Appendix 345
Appendix XIX Mediation of Economic Aspects of Family Actions (Deleted and superseded by Directive #1-07; see attached order)  Appendix 346
Appendix XX Civil Case Management/Trial Management Guidelines  Appendix 347
Appendix XXI Bail Program Registration Form (deleted)  Appendix 348
Appendix XXII- A Uniform Arbitration Statement of Facts (R. 4:21A-4)  Appendix 349
Appendix XXII- B Uniform Commercial Arbitration Memorandum (R. 4:21A-4)  Appendix 350
Appendix XXIII Pretrial Information Exchange (R. 4:25-7(b)  Appendix 351
Appendix XXIV Confidential Litigant Information Sheet (R. 5:4-2(g)) (deleted)  Appendix 352
Appendix XXV Final Judgment of Divorce (Rule 5:5-9)  Appendix 353
Appendix XXVI Guidelines for the Compensation of Mediators Serving in the Civil Mediation Program  Appendix 354
Appendix XXVII-A Certification of Notification of Complementary Dispute Resolution Alternatives -- Certification by Attorney and Client Appendix 355
Appendix XXVII-B Certification of Notification of Complementary Dispute Alternatives -- Certification by Self-Represented Litigant Appendix 356
Appendix XXVIII-A Tax Court of New Jersey Case Information Statement (CIS-LP) Appendix 357
Appendix XXVIII-B Case Information Statement Correction of Error in Assessment (CIS-C/E) Appendix 358
Appendix XXIX Notice of Arbitration Hearing Appendix 359
Appendix XXIX-A Arbitration/Alternate Dispute Resolution Questionnaire Form Appendix 360
Appendix XXIX-B Agreement to Arbitrate Pursuant to the Uniform Arbitration Act, N.J.S.A. 2A: 23B-1 et seq. Appendix 361
Appendix XXIX-C Agreement to Resolve Disputes Pursuant to the New Jersey Alternative Procedure for Dispute Resolution Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:23A-1 et seq. Appendix 362
Appendix XXIX-D Arbitration/Umpire Disclosure Form Appendix 363