Lawsuits (Civil Cases)
In-person jury trials are suspended.
Trials for non-jury lawsuits of $15,000 or less can be held by phone and videoconference. The parties also can try to settle the case without trial.
Small Claims under $3,000.
Judges can conduct virtual trials.
Special Civil cases under $15,000
Many people do not respond to lawsuits for unpaid bills and other money problems. This is called a default. Plaintiffs in those cases automatically win the case if the defendant defaults.
Some civil cases could be handled in person.
See our Self-Help Center for filing help. Self-represented litigants can file documents for most lawsuits through the Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) system.
Attorneys must use eCourts for:
- Foreclosure / General Equity
- Civil Law
- Special Civil DC
- Family Children in Court dockets (FN, FG, FC, FL)
- Tax Court
- Appellate Division
Attorneys must use JEDS for:
- Chancery / General Equity
- Special Civil Landlord / Tenant
- Special Civil Small Claims
- Family Dissolution (FM)
- Family Non-dissolution (FD)
- Family Domestic Violence (FV and FO)
Courtesy Copies of Civil Court Filings
Courtesy copies are still required if the submission is more than 35 pages long.
Request extension for an individual case
Many things can affect lawyer or litigant’s ability to proceed with each case. You can request an extension without a formal motion by submitting a letter.
Arbitration in civil cases
These court events are taking place by phone or video conference. You will receive a court notice if an arbitration session is scheduled.
See our Self-Help Center for more information.