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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Essex County Surrogate's Office as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Essex County, New Jersey, and resources applicable to all courts in New Jersey.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
View New Jersey Attorney General formal opinions from 1949 to 2014.
Forms and related information
Essex County Surrogate's Office Forms
View and download forms to file with the Essex County Surrogate's Office.
Legal Practice Forms and Instructions
View and download Civil, Criminal, Family, Child Support, Tax Court and other forms created for use by attorneys. Detailed instructions for filling out the forms are not included; downloading instructions and general tips completing and filing forms are included.
Self-Representation Forms and Instructions
View and download Civil, Criminal, Family, Child Support, Probation, Tax Court and other forms, kits, and instructions for people who do not have attorneys. General information about self-representation, tips downloading and filing forms, and links to additional resources are inlcuded.
Self help, legal research, general information
Essex County Ombudsman
View information about the Ombudsman, who answers questions about how the court system works and seeks to improve customer service in the courts. Includes links to a complaint form and additional online resources.
Estate Tax Information
View information about New Jersey inheritance and estate taxation.
Complaints About Judges
The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct provides information about filing a complaint about a judge, a downloadable complaint form, answers to frequently asked questions, and records of judicial conduct proceedings by year since 2007.
Court Seminars and Public Events
View educational events by month, including workshops, seminars, free consultation with attorneys, and screening for legal assistance.
Contact an Ombudsman
View information about the Court Ombudsman program, which answers questions about how the court system works and seeks to improve patron customer service. Contact information for your local Ombudsman, a link to public events, and a customer satisfaction survey are included.
Search New Jersey court rules by keyword, or browse the table of contents.
Legal Information and Self Help Resources
Legal Services of New Jersey offers free legal information for self-represented parties about a variety of topics including housing, family, health care, benefits, jobs, debts, disability, immigration, education, taxes, crime, seniors, and courts in general. Search for information by keyword or browse by topic.
Legal Information Publications
Legal Services of New Jersey offers free publications and informational flyers about various legal issues including child abuse and neglect, expunging criminal records, divorce, domestic violence, landlord-tenant and general information about the court process.
Legal Rights and the Court Process
A wide variety of resources are available, including legal information, legal research links, and fact sheets about civil rights. Legal information includes child support, landlord-tenant claims, small claims, violations bureau fine schedules, sentencing guidelines, and court procedure. Legal research links include court rules and government- and law-related links.
New Jersey Laws
Search New Jersey bills, laws, statutes, and Constitution. Information about the legislature and and legislative process is also available.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Essex County Legal Service Providers
View contact information for legal services and referral offices to get free or low-cost legal help for low-income residents. Includes contact information for Legal Services of New Jersey, Essex County Public Defender's Office, Essex County Bar Association, Essex County Legal Aid Association, and other resources.
Legal Services of New Jersey offers free civil legal assistance to low-income residents. A statewide toll-free number and online request form, contact information for local offices in each county, and special statewide projects are included.
Attorney Discipline Information
The New Jersey Judiciary Office of Attorney Ethics provides information about filing a grievance against an attorney, answers to frequently asked questions, and online access to attorney discipline records since 1990. A link to online records of pending attorney discipline actions is also available.
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice offers free civil legal assistance to low-income residents. Contacts, case types, and descriptions of programs and legal clinics are included.