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If you need assistance with appealing a restraining order in New Jersey, the NJ restraining order lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC can help. However, you must hurry. You only have 45 days to appeal the restraining order issued by the judge. Otherwise, your time to appeal expires. As a result, it is imperative that you contact us immediately to explain your appeal rights and to walk you through the appellate process. In some cases, if the likelihood of success is low on appeal, you may be better off saving your money and time and waiting a few years to file a motion to vacate the restraining order instead. Our attorneys are very familiar with this process and are happy to advise you on what we think your best course of action is moving forward. We represent clients throughout New Jersey including in Elizabeth, Somerville, New Brunswick, and Paterson. Contact our offices now for immediate assistance at 201-556-1571. The initial consultation is provided at absolutely no cost to you.

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I want to appeal a restraining order in New Jersey

In order to appeal a final restraining order ruling in New Jersey, this means that the trial or hearing has already occurred. The Plaintiff and Defendant appeared in the Family Division of the Superior Court for a trial and the parties testified, evidence was entered, arguments were made, and then the Judge issued a final ruling. This ruling can be appealed within 45 days of the issuance of the Judge’s Order. The Order either dismissed the temporary restraining order (TRO) or made the TRO a final restraining order (FRO) which is permanent in New Jersey and never expires.

There are several reasons you may want to appeal the judge’s decision in a restraining order case. First, the judge dismissed the restraining order and you are the plaintiff and you believe the restraining order should have been issued. The second option is if you are the defendant and the judge issued the final restraining order (FRO) against you and you believe the court made a mistake in doing so. In either scenario, the NJ restraining order lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC can help.

What are potential grounds to file an appeal?

There must be grounds for your appeal, meaning there has to be some argument to be made that a mistake caused the judge to issue the wrong decision. Some of the potential grounds for appeal are as follows:

  • The Plaintiff failed to meet their burden of proof: The Plaintiff must prove by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) that there was a predicate act of domestic violence, a prior history of domestic violence, and that he or she is in fear for their safety and a reasonable person in their positions would be in fear. If the Plaintiff failed to show any of these elements, the case should have been dismissed.
  • The Judge considered evidence that was not relevant or was not properly authenticated or evidence that should have been excluded as inadmissible (such as hearsay).
  • The Judge’s opinion was incomplete: They can’t just say that they find that the Defendant harassed the Plaintiff so they are issuing a final restraining order (FRO).

These are just some examples of the potential grounds to appeal the issuance of a permanent (final) restraining order in NJ. It is imperative that you order the trial transcripts and an experienced attorney reviews them with you to determine what your grounds for appeal may be.

Note: The appeal does not give you another trial. It merely allows the panel of appellate Judges to review the transcripts of what happened below and the legal arguments and decide if any errors were made and the Judge’s ruling should be overturned.

File a Notice of Appeal

In order to appeal the Court’s ruling, you must file a notice of appeal in Trenton with the Appellate Division. This notice of appeal must list the grounds for the appeal: what are you challenging that you believe was done wrong which caused the Judge to issue an improper decision. You must then order the transcripts of the hearing which was held so that the Appellate Court judges can review what happened below along with your brief (legal arguments) and then determine whether or not the appeal can be granted. This is an extensive process that will usually take several months and can even take years.

After the transcripts are received, the Appellate Division will give a briefing schedule about when the legal briefs (arguments) are due. After both sides submit their Appellate briefs, the case may be scheduled for oral argument before a panel of three (3) Judges. If there is no oral argument, the Judge’s will review the transcripts and legal briefs and issue a legal opinion. They will either grant the appeal or deny the appeal.

What happens after the appeal is decided?

The case is over. If the final restraining order remains in effect, a Defendant can always file a Carfagno motion at some point arguing that there has been a significant change in circumstances such that the restraining order is no longer necessary and it should be lifted. This is usually accomplished years later once the parties move forward with their lives and the Defendant completes counseling and does not violate the restraining order that is in place.

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