How to Apply For a Writ of Possession (Order to Remove an Illegal Occupier From Your Property)
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Things to Think About Before You Represent Yourself in Court
Try to Get a Lawyer
The court system can be confusing and it is a good
idea to get a lawyer if you can. If you cannot afford
a lawyer, you may contact the legal services
program in your county to see if you qualify for free
legal services. The address and telephone number
information can be found in your local yellow pages
under Legal Aid or Legal Services.
If you do not qualify for free legal services and need
help in locating an attorney, you can contact the bar
association in your county. Their address and
telephone number information can also be found in
your local yellow pages. Most county bar
associations have a lawyer referral service. The
county bar lawyer referral service can supply you
with the names of attorneys in your area willing to
handle your particular type of case and who may
sometimes consult with you at a reduced fee.
There are also a variety of organizations of minority
lawyers throughout New Jersey, as well as
organizations of lawyers who handle specialized
types of cases. Attached to this packet is the
information needed to contact these referral services.
What You Should Expect If You Represent
While you have the right to represent yourself in
court, you should not expect special treatment, help,
or attention from the court. You must still comply
with the Rules of the Court, even if you are not
familiar with them. The following is a list of some
things the court staff can and cannot do for you.
Please read it carefully before asking the court staff
• We can explain and answer questions about how
the court works.
• We can tell you what the requirements are to
have your case considered by the court.
• We can give you some information from your
• We can provide you with samples of court forms
that are available.
• We can provide you with guidance on how to
fill out forms.
• We can usually answer questions about court
• We cannot give you legal advice. Only your
lawyer can give you legal advice.
• We cannot tell you whether or not you should
bring your case to court.
• We cannot give you an opinion about what will
happen if you bring your case to court.
• We cannot recommend a lawyer, but we can
provide you with the telephone number of a
local lawyer referral service.
• We cannot talk to the judge for you about what
will happen in your case.
• We cannot let you talk to the judge outside of
• We cannot change an order issued by a judge.