Civil litigation can be a complex and stressful process, especially if you're not familiar with the laws and procedures involved. Whether you're filing a lawsuit or defending yourself against one, it's important to understand the dos and don'ts of civil litigation in New Jersey. In this article, we'll outline some of the key things you should keep in mind when navigating the civil litigation process in the Garden State.


Hire an experienced attorney:

The first and most important step in civil litigation is to hire an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of New Jersey civil litigation. Your attorney will help you navigate the complex legal process, gather evidence, represent you in court, and negotiate on your behalf. 

Be prepared: 

Preparation is key in civil litigation. It’s important to understand the legal issues involved in your case and to have a strong strategy in place. Your attorney will need all the necessary information and evidence to build your case. Be sure to gather all relevant documents and information, including contracts, emails, and witness statements. This will also help your attorney build a solid case, prepare for any potential obstacles or challenges that may arise during the litigation process, and increase your chances of winning.

Communicate with your attorney: 

Communication is key to a successful litigation process. It's essential to keep your attorney informed of any new developments in your case as well as any concerns you may have.

Follow court rules: 

It's important to follow court rules and deadlines. Failure to do so can result in penalties and even losing your case. Your attorney will help you understand the court rules and deadlines and ensure you comply with them.

Understand the law: 

It's essential to understand the law that applies to your case. This will help you and your attorney identify the strengths and weaknesses of your case, as well as anticipate the arguments of the other side.

Stay professional: 

It's crucial to maintain a professional demeanor throughout the litigation process. This includes being respectful to opposing counsel, following court rules and procedures, and presenting yourself well in court.

Consider Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): 

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation or arbitration can be an effective way to resolve disputes outside of court. ADR is typically less expensive and less time-consuming than traditional litigation and can often result in a more mutually beneficial outcome. Your attorney can advise you on whether ADR is a good option for your case.


Take matters into your own hands: 

It can be tempting to take matters into your own hands, but this can be detrimental to your case. Leave it to your attorney to handle the legal process and negotiations. Attempting to negotiate or make decisions on your own can harm your case.

Discuss your case with anyone except your attorney: 

It's important to keep your case confidential. Do not discuss your case with anyone except your attorney. This includes social media posts, emails, and texts. Anything you say can be used against you in court.

Lie or exaggerate: 

Honesty is always the best policy in civil litigation. Lying or exaggerating can harm your case, mess with your credibility, and even result in legal consequences, including fines and imprisonment. Be truthful with your attorney and the court.

Miss court appearances: 

Missing a court appearance can harm your case and even result in penalties. Make sure to show up on time and dress appropriately. Your attorney will help you understand what to expect and how to prepare for court appearances.

Represent yourself: 

While it may be tempting to represent yourself in civil litigation to save money, it’s not a good idea. Civil litigation is a complex process that requires legal expertise, and attempting to represent yourself can lead to costly mistakes and an unfavorable outcome. An experienced attorney can help you avoid these pitfalls and achieve the best possible outcome.


It's important not to delay pursuing your case. In New Jersey, there are specific deadlines for filing lawsuits, and failing to meet these deadlines can result in the dismissal of your case.

Communicate with the opposing party: 

It's generally not a good idea to communicate with the opposing party without your attorney present. This can lead to unintended consequences, such as giving away too much information or making statements that can be used against you in court.

Ignore court orders: 

It's essential to follow court orders and deadlines. Failure to do so can result in sanctions or even the dismissal of your case.

Let your emotions take over: 

It's natural to feel emotional during a litigation process. However, it's crucial to maintain your composure and avoid reacting impulsively or emotionally. This can harm your case and make it more difficult for your attorney to achieve a positive outcome.

Destroy or conceal evidence: 

Destroying or concealing evidence is a serious offense and can result in severe legal consequences. It’s important to preserve all evidence related to your case, including any potentially damaging evidence. Your attorney can help you navigate this process and ensure that all evidence is properly handled.

Contact The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. Today For a Free Consultation About Your Civil Litigation Case

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., we understand the complexities of civil litigation in New Jersey. Our experienced attorneys have a deep understanding of the legal system and can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to achieve the best possible outcome.

Whether you’re facing a dispute with a business partner, a breach of contract, civil rights discrimination, consumer fraud, contract disputes, or any other type of civil litigation, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you with your legal needs.