Monmouth County Small Claims Court

Monmouth County Small Claims Court

Claims That Should NOT be filed in Small Claims:

  • You cannot file an action alleging malpractice in Small Claims Court
  • Any action for support (either alimony or otherwise)
  • You cannot file an action claiming you are owed money under a probate instrument (will or trust).

Location of Monmouth County Small Claims Court

The Small Claims Court is located here:

Central Fee Office
P.O. Box 1260
Freehold, NJ 07728-1260

The Court’s telephone number is (732) 677-4223.

What areas are served by the Monmouth County Court?

Monmouth Court serves the following locations in Monmouth County: Middletown Township, Howell Township, Marlboro Township, Manalapan Township, Freehold Township, Long Branch, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Wall Township, Hazlet, Aberdeen Township, Tinton Falls, Holmdel Township, Asbury Park, Eatontown, Red Bank, Freehold Borough, Millstone Township, Colts Neck Township, Keansburg, Matawan, West Long Branch, Keyport, Rumson, Upper Freehold Township, Union Beach, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Manasquan, Oceanport, Belmar, Highlands, Neptune City, Brielle, Spring Lake Heights, Atlantic Highlands, Bradley Beach, Shrewsbury, Monmouth Beach, Spring Lake, Avon-by-the-Sea, Englishtown, Allentown, Sea Girt, Lake Como, Sea Bright, Farmingdale, Shrewsbury Township, Roosevelt, Interlaken, Deal, Allenhurst, and Loch Arbour.

Types of Actions Generally Filed in Small Claims Court:

  • Oral Breach of Contract and Written Breach of Contract
  • Seeking Return of a Down Payment
  • Damage to a Motor Vehicle
  • Property Damage Or Loss
  • Consumer Complaints regardng defective merchandise or faulty workmanship
  • Payment for Labor Performed
  • Action for Payment on NSF Check
  • Back Rent
  • Recovery of Security Deposit (Special Note: Can ask for up to and including $5,000 for recovery of a security deposit)

Can I file my small claims case in Monmouth County?

A case may be filed in a County if at least one defendant resides there (or the business is located there). The location of a business is whichever county it is actually doing business or where the business’s registered office is located. For example, if you entered into a contract with someone and they live in Monmouth County, you can file the case in this County. If you have multiple defendants in your case, you may file in whichever County one of the defendants is located. If none of the defendants reside in any New Jersey County, you are then allowed to file the action where the cause of case occured.

Special Civil Part Cases

Special Civil Part handled cases where the amount exceeds the limits of small claims court but is not asking for more than $15,000. In these cases, the rules are not as relaxed as in Small Claims Court. Note: If your case exceeds $15,000, it needs to be filed in the Law Division of Monmouth Superior Court.
Special Note: If someone is under 18, the parent or guardian must file the small claims court action on the minor’s behalf.

Ombudsman for Monmouth Small Claims Court

Each County has an Ombudsman assigned to assist small claims litigants (amongst other responsibilities). One of the tasks charged to the Ombudsman is to assist you with questions regarding your small claims court case. The Ombudsman assigned to Monmouth County is Theresa Romano. The contact information is 732-677-4209 (Telephone) and 732-677-4363 (Fax). Their email address is MonOmbudsman.mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.
Small Claims Court is one of three sections of Monmouth Superior Court’s Special Civil Part (the other two sections are Landlord / Tenant and regular Special Civil Part).

Monmouth County Small Claims Court

Monmouth County Small Claims Court

Small Claims Court is a court where one may sue another (the defendant) to collect an amount of money that one believes is owed. Procedures for small claims court in New Jersey are much simpler than in other courts. Because of this, one is able to file and present a case quickly and inexpensively. Because the rules are more relaxed, usually most parties represent themselves in small claims court (as either plaintiff or defendant). In Monmouth, one can only file an action seeking up to, and including, $3,000. This is true for all Small Claims Courts in New Jersey (no matter what County they are filed in). If a party has a claim more than $3,000, but less than $15,000.01, than the case should be filed in the regular Special Civil Part. Special Note: You can file in small claims court if your claim exceeds $3,000 but you waive or forego your right to recover money in excess of the $3,000 limit (you also cannot file an additional action to recover the excess).

Appeals from Monmouth Small Claim Court Rulings

If a party doesn’t agree with a decision on a small claims court case, an appeal may be filed to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court within 45 days of the judgment. You need to file a Notice of Appeal, a copy of the Request for Transcript, and a Case Information Statement within the 45 days with the Clerk of the Appellate Division located at the Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton. You also need to file these documents with all parties to the case, the clerk where your case was first heard, and to the judge who made the ruling. Additionally, the person seeking an appeal has to pay a filing fee of $200. An additional deposit of $300 is required to be posted within 30 days (of the Notice of Appeal). The deposit is used for settlement costs or court costs and is returned to the appealing party if they prevail on the appeal. A transcript of the original trial proceedings needs to be obtained. A transcript is a written copy of the proceedings that occured at the trial. The transcript can be expensive. You are required to post the estimate for the cost of the transcript. Alternatively, you will be charged $300 for each day or partial day of trial transcript required for the appeal (most small claims court cases only require part of a court’s day). Because of the expense of an appeal, it is very important to ensure you are ready and prepared for the original trial – to save you the time and headaches of appealing an incorrect ruling. Additional information and answer to most questions can be found by contacting the Office of the Clerk of the Appellate Division for New Jersey at (609) 292-4822.

6 comments

  1. elba cruz says:

    i need to file a package claim on a lemon car i was sold can i file this claim through the internet or do i have to go in person to the Monmouth court to file

  2. Laura Whalen says:

    Thursday 25 July 2013 someone from the Courthouse came to my place of employment seeking to serve with releasing my work records. I don’t understand this and want to know more information reference this. Thanking you in advance.

  3. Charles R. Murray says:

    I filed my case in Small Claims Court, went to court on the appointed date, the defendant did not appear, the judge declared a default in my favor. Now I need to bring an informational subpoena against the defendant to learn the name of their bank and the account number in order to place a lien against them for payment. How do I take the latter two steps?

  4. Dany Nohra says:

    My wife and I are old tenants in Pier Village Long Branch, we stayed exactly a year and after we officially moved out on May 30th, we received a note claiming we owned $3000 in damages witch is absorb considering we barely had furniture or people over.
    Pier Village still withholding our deposit of almost $6000 and now their asking for $3000, I would like to fight it in a small court claim, how do I go about it? Thank you

  5. Nubar Zohrabian says:

    Would you please let me Know if I can submitt a small claim, here, in Monmouth County Small Claim Court, against a mortgage Company that offered me to refinance my second home in California, through faxes, telphones and e-mails while I am residing here and the second home that I am persouing to get the refinance is located in California and the mortgage company is also in California.
    Thanks, and God Bless You.

  6. rashawna ashby says:

    I purchased a phone for someone and they have not paid any months of their bill and they now want to shut my phone off because of the other line the person ran up. Also there was a down payment for the phone which he broke and i got another one can i sue for the paymebts to both phones and the bill

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