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What if I am not satisfied with the arbitrator’s award?

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What if I am not satisfied with the arbitrator’s award?

A party who is not satisfied with the arbitrator’s award can reject the award and get a trial by filing a notice called a “demand for a trial de novo” with the court and serving it upon all parties within 30 days of the filing of the arbitrator's award. The court is very strict concerning enforcing the 30-day time limit. The effect of not filing the demand for trial de novo is that the award, whether a monetary award or a dismissal, can be converted into a judgment.

A party requesting a trial de novo must pay a trial de novo fee to the Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Under certain circumstances if the requesting party does not significantly improve their position at trial, they may also be liable to pay other reasonable costs, including attorney fees of the other party up to $750, and witness costs up to $500 after the trial is concluded.