Am I in the Right Place? Jurisdiction and Venue
Personal Injury Overview
Most personal injury cases are settled before trial. Even if your case settles, you may still have to go to court for an arbitration hearing. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Karim Arzadi will certainly be filing papers with the court and attending hearings and conferences with judges during the course of your case. The courthouse you might have to go to and that our lawyers go to wasn’t picked at random. When people think about filing a lawsuit, they don’t really think about where that case will be filed. For our attorneys, that’s one of the first things we have to consider. Does your case belong in state court or federal court? If a state court, in which county? These are things lawyers learned about in their first year of law school but can never forget.
“Jurisdiction” refers to whether a court has the authority to decide a case. A court has no authority to decide a case unless it has jurisdiction over the person or property involved. To have jurisdiction, a court must have authority over the subject matter of the case and must be able to exercise control over the defendant. “Venue” means the place where a case is heard and tried. The venue of a lawsuit is set by law or court rule, but it can sometimes be changed to another place. For example, if a case has received widespread pre-trial publicity, one of the parties may make a motion (request to the judge) for change of venue in an effort to find jurors who haven’t already formed an opinion about the case. Venue also may be changed for the convenience of witnesses.
Contact a Perth Amboy Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Personal Injury Case in New Jersey Today
Have you been injured in a car accident, in a slip in fall or on the job? The skilled attorneys at the Law Offices of Karim Arzadi have represented clients in those situations in Perth Amboy, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Roselle, East Orange, and throughout New Jersey. These experienced personal injury lawyers know the right court to go to get the monetary relief you deserve. Call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 163 Market Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861.
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