Civil - SCP - Answer
Revised 09/01/2018, CN: 10542 page 4 of 13
The numbered steps listed below tell you what forms you will need to fill out and what to do with them. Each form
should be typed or printed clearly on 8 ½ “x 11” white paper only. Forms may not be filed on a different size or color
Steps for Filing Your Answer in the Special Civil Part
STEP 1: Fill out the appropriate Answer form
(Form A or B)
Fill out the Answer, which is your written response to
the Complaint, explaining to the Court why you think
you do not owe the money that the person suing you is
• If your case DOES NOT involve an automobile
accident use Form A. Detailed instructions on
how to fill out Form A can be found on page 6.
• If your case DOES involve an automobile
accident, use Form B. Detailed instructions on
how to fill out Form B can be found on page 10.
STEP 2: Attach the filing fee
Attach your check or money order for $30 payable to
the Treasurer, State of New Jersey. If you cannot
afford the filing fee, attach the fee waiver (CN 11208
found on njcourts.gov).
STEP 3: Where to file the Answer
You must mail or deliver your Answer to the Office
of the Special Civil Part in the county where the case
was filed against you. Look at the Summons you
received from the court for this address.
STEP 4: Check your completed form
Check your form and make sure it is complete.
Remove all instruction sheets. Make sure you have
signed the form and have included your name,
address and telephone number.
CHECKLIST: You must have all of the following
items in this order:
Filing fee of $30 in the form of a check or
money order or fee waiver request. Do not
mail cash. You may use cash if you pay in
person but you should keep the receipt you
get from the court staff for your records.
STEP 5: Mail or deliver your package of
completed papers to the court and the other
parties in the case
You can deliver your Answer in person or you can
mail it. If you mail the Answer to the court, we
recommend that you use certified mail, return
receipt requested. This will provide you with a
green receipt card that can serve as proof that you
mailed the Answer to the court. Your post office can
tell you how to send certified mail, return receipt
You must also mail a copy to each party’s attorney
by regular mail or to each party by certified and
regular mail if that party does not have an attorney.
If the lawsuit names another person (in addition to
yourself) as a defendant, you must also send that
person a copy of your Answer.
• Make enough copies of the Answer so that you
will have one for yourself and one for the other
parties’ attorneys. If the other parties do not
have an attorney, then make enough copies so
that you have one copy for each party in the case.
• Mail or deliver the original Answer to the court.
• Mail or deliver one copy to each of the other
parties’ attorneys or to each of the other parties
if he or she does not have an attorney.
STEP 6: You will get a court date for your trial
After you file your Answer with the court, you will
receive a notice in the mail with the date you must
appear in court. The plaintiff will also be notified to
appear in court on the same date. You must appear
in court on this date; if you do not the court may find
you in default and judgment may be entered against
you and you may lose the case.
If you cannot make your court date because of
circumstances beyond your control, you must
contact the plaintiff to ask for his/her consent to
reschedule the matter. Once you have contacted the
plaintiff, you can contact the court to advise the
Court of the plaintiff’s response and request that
your date be rescheduled. If the plaintiff does not
appear, the case may be dismissed.