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Overview of the New Jersey Court System

There are five different courts in the New Jersey judicial system: municipal courts, tax courts, superior courts, the Superior Court's Appellate Division and the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

The municipal courts, which generally only handle traffic violations, make up the bottom tier. They also deal with preliminary hearings for more serious criminal trials. The second tier mostly consists of the superior courts, which handle both criminal and civil trials as well as domestic relations and juvenile cases. The other second-tier courts are the tax courts, which exclusively handle tax issues. The third tier is the Superior Court's Appellate Division. Decisions made in any of the lower courts may be appealed to this division, which may overturn or uphold the lower courts' decision.

Decisions made in the Appellate Division may be appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court. In addition to handling the administration of the judiciary in New Jersey, the Supreme Court provides advisory opinions and lays down final rulings as the court of last resort in the state.

New Jersey Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated New Jersey attorney by location and by practice area. We have New Jersey attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

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Starting a Business in New Jersey

If you're a budding New Jersey entrepreneur beginning a new company, you may need to figure out the basics before getting started. You can find a variety of resources to help you with your business venture at the New Jersey Small Business Development Center. Some of the things you need to include on your business checklist are researching your New Jersey market, building a business plan and figuring out how you're going to fund your company.

Once you've got a good plan in place, you need to choose a name for your company. Check with the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce to avoid using someone else's name so you don't get involved in legal issues. Once you've chosen a name, you need to figure out what type of business you want. A more corporate model might help you reduce your liabilities, but something like a sole proprietorship would require less paperwork, regulation and taxes.

New Jersey Business Statistics

The New Jersey economy has struggled over the past several years, with unemployment peaking at 9 percent in 2013 and a weak gross state product growth rate of just 1.4 percent. Nevertheless, it means there is room for small-business growth as small businesses employ 50.2 percent of all workers in New Jersey, with nearly 796,000 small businesses in the state and 1.7 million employees and sole proprietors.

On the other hand, large businesses have a hold in the state too, with Fortune 500 companies such as Prudential Financial (PRU), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Merck (MRK) calling New Jersey home.