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Court appeals in New Jersey go through the Appellate Division of the Superior Court. This is an intermediate appellate court. The state Supreme Court is the highest appellate court.
Appeals come from trial courts, tax court, and administrative agencies. Review the Standards for Appellate Review to learn how the two- or three-judge appellate panels reach a decision in each case.
The division is composed of 32 judges divided into 8 parts. The division decides around 6,500 appeals and 10,000 motions each year. Appellate Division Court Term Parts List
Alternative resolution programs can streamline the appeals process for some types of cases. These include:
- Civil Appeals Settlement Program (CASP). The clerk’s office identifies cases that might be settled with the help of a retired judge. Alternatively, appeals with complex issues could go to a pre-argument conference. The conference helps clarify those issues prior to briefing.
- Sentencing Calendars. Appeals of criminal sentences are argued without full briefing due to their narrow scope. This shortened process helps resolve those cases more quickly.
Forms and Filing Information
Attorneys must use eCourts to file all non-emergent appellate matters.
For emergent matters, contact the Appellate Division emergent clerk between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. atand when prompted, press 1.
The current self-representing appeals forms can be found under Forms and Instructions.
See the Pretrial Detention page for guidance filing an appeal on an order granting a motion for pretrial detention.
Here are examples to help you complete your forms:
- Examples, Tables of Judgments, Orders and Rulings. This document provides you with sample information that should be included with your appeal.
- Point heading examples. These illustrate how to format your headings in an appeal.
You will need a transcript of the lower court hearing. Order transcripts.
Resources for Transcribers
Calendars and Locations
The following are the upcoming calendars for appellate cases. Choose a date below to review the scheduled appeals. Appellate court calendars are subject to change due to uncontrollable circumstances. Callto confirm calendar information for an appeal.
As of September 13, 2021, all Appellate Division arguments will be held in-person. Check your notice for the location.
Audio recordings of prior remote arguments are available upon request by emailingThese arguments were held between March 18, 2020, and September 7, 2021. Note, this recording is not part of the official court record, with limited exceptions, and no transcript will be produced.
Appellate Division chambers are located throughout the state. Arguments are heard in courtrooms in Morristown, New Brunswick, Newark, and Trenton. Arguments are also heard in other courts from time to time.