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HOW TO FILE A LAWSUIT WITHOUT AND ATTORNEY

Drafting the Complaint

You start a lawsuit by filing a complaint. In some circumstances, you file a petition or a motion.

The court has several complaint forms that you may use in drafting your complaint. The forms are available online and at the Pro Se Intake Unit. You may also write your own complaint without using a court form. 

All complaints must be in English on 8-1/2” x 11” paper and include:

  1. a caption with the court’s name,
  2. the title “COMPLAINT” next to the caption,
  3. a statement of jurisdiction,
  4. claims in numbered paragraphs, each limited as far as practicable to a single set of facts,
  5. the relief sought,
  6. the words “JURY TRIAL DEMANDED” if you want the case decided by a jury at trial,
  7. your signature, address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

HOW TO FILE A SMALL CLAIMS LAWSUIT IN NEW JERSEY

Small Claims Court

Small claims are lawsuits for $3,000 or less. Renters can file for a return of a security deposit of $5,000 or less in small claims court.

Examples of small claims:

  • A person or company failed to comply with a written or oral contract.
  • Your car was damaged in an accident.
  • You paid money as a down payment and want it returned .
  • Your property was damaged or lost.
  • You bought a product that doesn’t work.
  • Work you paid for was faulty or not completed.
  • You want to be paid for work you did.
  • Someone wrote you a bad check.
  • You gave a landlord a security deposit that was not returned. NOTE: The limit for security deposit returns is $5,000 in small claims court.