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Do you want to understand the ins and outs of filing an Appeal? Then read about appeals in New Jersey from an experienced Appellate Attorney at Hanlon Niemann

Background Information About Filing an Appeal in New Jersey

You just got a really bad decision. The Judge was clearly wrong, or even worse uninformed, unprepared or biased against your case. Maybe your attorney let you down or important evidence was not considered. Perhaps you failed to answer a complaint or lawsuit against you in time and now a judgment has been entered and you’re being subpoenaed to disclose your income and assets. What do you do? First thing, call Fredrick P. Niemann of Hanlon Niemann and take immediate action to protect your rights to appeal. The longer you delay, the less the appellate attorneys at Hanlon Niemann can help you. Ask for Mr. Niemann personally toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or e-mail him at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.

How do you Appeal a Judgment or Court Decision? – First You Must File a Notice of Appeal

An appeal from a judgment or decision of a New Jersey court is first taken by filing and then serving a Notice of Appeal from the final judgment. The appeal has to be served upon all the parties who appeared in the case and also by filing the Notice of Appeal with the appropriate court.

In addition to filing the notice of appeal there are other filings required by New Jersey Court Rules including a Case Information Statement (CIS), etc. If the appeal is taken directly from a decision or action of a governmental agency (ie., NJ Department of Environmental Protection or Department of Treasury) or an officer of that agency, you must serve the Notice of Appeal upon that agency or the official of that agency.

Complying with the Time Limitations Required by Court Rule for Filing an Appeal from a Judgment, Order, Decision, or other Action Taken.

An appeal from a final judgment or order of a New Jersey court must generally be brought within 45 days of its entry. Appeals from final decisions or actions of state administrative agencies or officers of those agencies must also be taken within 45 days from the date when you are notified of the decision or the action taken by the agency. The 45 day appeal period starts to run when the judgment or order is entered. It generally does not start on the date the oral or written opinion was decided. While court rule(s) provides for a 45day period of appeal in civil cases, that time period is not uniform to all decisions and is subject to being reduced, or extended on application to the court by a party.

NOTICE: THE TIME LIMITS TO FILE AN APPEAL CAN VARY. Do not rely on the 45 day appeal period cited here. Instead, seek legal advice by an attorney licensed in New Jersey in case your matter requires a shorter appeal period.

Requesting an Extension of Time to File an Appeal When You are Late

The time within which an appeal may be taken can be extended but requires the filing of a timely motion to file a late appeal in accordance with the following:

To an appellate court (including the Superior Court – Law Division), upon a showing of good cause and the absence of prejudice a court may extend the time for an appeal for not more than 30 days, but only if the notice of appeal is served and filed within the time as extended. Requests for extensions to appeal to the Superior Court (Law Division) have tended to be considerably more lenient in recent years although “good cause” unlikely includes mere negligence or lack of attention to detail as a basis for an extension of time to appeal.

Not sure how to file an appeal or when you must file an appeal from a decision made in your case? Then contact an experienced New Jersey Appeal attorney Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann.  You can contact us by phone toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or email fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.