Kevin M. Wolfe, Esq., Assistant Director
P.O. Box 981
Trenton, NJ 08625
Fax: (609) 777-0844
Email Questions to: CivilWebSites.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us
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The Civil Division umbrella covers three parts of the Superior Court System:
Law Division - Civil Part
In the Law Division of the Civil Part, there is no monetary limit on the value of cases that may be filed. Examples of cases are those involving automobile accidents, medical malpractice, breach of contract and collection of a debt. Either party in a Civil Part case may request a jury trial. A civil jury typically consists of six persons. There are approximately 95,000 cases filed in the Civil Part each year.
Special Civil Part
The Special Civil Part handles small claims (up to $3,000), tenancy matters, and claims for monetary relief up to $15,000. Cases in the Special Civil Part are typically tried by a judge without a jury. There are approximately 600,000 cases filed in the Special Civil Part each year. For more information on Special Civil Part click here.
Chancery Division - General Equity Part
The Chancery Division - General Equity Part handles claims for non-monetary relief, such as labor injunctions, foreclosures and dissolution of a corporation or partnership. General Equity cases are tried by a judge without a jury. There are approximately 5,000 cases filed in General Equity each year.
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