I'm a pro se litigant with a divorce case in New Jersey, though I live in another state. The judge has asked the parties to submit trial briefs. I've scoured the court Rules and can't find anything more specific regarding the method of delivery permitted or required for a trial brief--it just says "submit". Does "submit" mean "serve" or "file"--or is the method of delivery to the judge not important for a trial brief in Superior Court/Family Part? (This is NOT an appeal.) The Ombudsman for the county is not at all helpful--he just tells me to check the rules and won't answer the question. Thank you very much in advance.
Submit by regular mail or, to be certain, that it arrives on time, by UPS or Fedex. Be sure to send a copy to the opposing counsel or Pro Se litigant and keep a copy for yourself.
submit does mean to file the brief. There is a NJ Court rule that speaks to how anything to filed with the court and served how it must be served. It is located in Part 1 of the NJ Court Rules.
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To submit a Trial Brief is to file it with the Court. The brief can be filed with the Court Clerk, however, be sure to send a copy to your adversary. To be safe, send the brief by certified mail and/or FedEx to ensure that you have a tracking number in case there becomes an issue with service. In addition, be sure to check the Judge's scheduling order to ensure that you are complying with any submission deadlines.
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