A court judgment was entered against me in the civil court, law division. In less than two weeks from the judgment date, the plaintiff’s attorney obtained a levy against my bank account, which got frozen. Because I feel very strongly that I was victimized and the monetary fine was too harsh, I have filed a Notice of Appeal. My questions are:
1. Do I have to post a bond? And if yes, how can I avoid posting a bond, if possible? Please note that the court order doesn’t talk about posting a bond, and it was the plaintiff’s attorney who wrote the order.
2. What can I do to stop the plaintiff’s attorney from pursuing collection on the judgment? I have a hearing set for November 1 to discover assets.
Thank you very much.I feel I have a chance at pursuing Abuse of Discretion or Misapplication of the Law! Because the judge we had for months had dismissed my name from the case. On the final trial day, he was busy, so he sent us to another judge. This judge body language was too obvious the day of trial that he was prejudice toward us – defendants; on his own he offered to the other attorney to add my name back into the case. Out attorney objected and submitted post trial a Motion to Reconsider putting my name back on the case, but the judge declined to look at it. I understand that this could be challenging and possibly costly, but I'm willing to take a chance (because I was strongly victimized), as long as I can find an attorney who would do it for a flat fee! The other alternative is to retain an attorney as a consultant for guidance, as I am good at doing research and writing motions (gotta love those templates!). Thank you very much.