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The Law Offices of John Morelli is a New Jersey Personal Injury Law Firm. We represent individuals who are injured in automobile accidents or workplace accidents; or injured by equipment or machinery; or through the negligent maintenance of property. Read More >

New Jersey Auto Accident Injury Claims
New Jersey is a "No-Fault" state. This puts the burden on an injured person to produce medical evidence from a doctor that they have suffered an injury that is permanent in nature. Read More >

Slip Fall Injury Unsafe Conditions
Dangerous conditions for slip/falls can exist in not just crumbling curbs and steps and on snowy surfaces, but in nearly any business establishment if they are not properly maintained. Read More >

Injury Medical Exam
Remember that this is an exam for the purpose of stating that you are not injured, or that if you have a condition that it is not related to your accident. If this doctor is friendly, beware. Read More >

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Manufacturers of products or machinery are held responsible for any damage caused by the products that they sell and place into the stream of commerce. Read More >

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If you are injured in a car accident and only have the minimum coverage under a standard insurance policy for underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage, regardless of how seriously you were injured, you will be limited to a $15,000 recovery. Read More >


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    Why Does My Case Take So Long to Get to Trial?
Mr. Morelli is an experienced trial attorney who has been actively appearing before juries since he was admitted to the bar in 1981.Read More >
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        This is a frequent question raised by clients. The answer is usually related to a number of factors, many of which are not in the control of the lawyers involved. First, the courts have the absolute right to manage and set the cases which come before them. In order to be as efficient as possible, and recognizing that many cases settle "on the courthouse steps," courts set many different trials on the same date. On any given date during which the court hears cases, there may be up to twenty cases listed for trial. If more than one case remains after the others have settled or been continued to another date, then only one case is tried at a time and the remaining cases must be reset to a new date. Most courts set trial dates many months ahead of time. Thus, a case which is set to go to trial in seven to eight months may get continued for an additional two months if the court's docket has more than one case ready to be tried on that date.

Second, the discovery phase of litigation is time consuming. The schedules of the parties, witnesses, lawyers and courts all play a role in the delays associated with litigation. There are also legal delays allowed for parties to respond to discovery and take depositions. Motions involving discovery, evidentiary and legal issues also must be set according to the court's busy schedule thereby adding to the delays of litigation. New Jersey follows strict time deadlines known as “Best Practices.” Yet, even with Best Practices, cases take over a year to complete discovery.

Why Does My Case Take So Long to Get to Trial?The more complicated cases take longer to prepare for trial. The number of parties and issues involved also affect the length of litigation. Virtually all lawyers handle many cases at the same time and thus the schedules of the various lawyers involved play a role in the time it takes for a case to get to trial. When expert witnesses are necessary, this time is extended even further. Experts are usually busy with their own professional lives and must carefully budget and schedule their time wisely. Thus, even when the parties and their lawyers are anxious to move the case, experts can cause additional delays.

Courts also set aside at least one day every two weeks for the hearing of motions. Trials cannot be scheduled on days during which the court hears motions. Often, courts will break during the trial for a day to hear motions. This keeps the court's docket moving.

The availability of witnesses for trial also may affect the delays associated with bringing a case to trial. If a critical witness is out of town, sick or otherwise deemed legally unavailable, the case cannot proceed and must be delayed until that witness can appear or their testimony can be perpetuated.

Given all of the above reasons, the clients should not automatically assume that their lawyer is the cause of the delay in getting the matter to trial. Good communication with the client during all phases of the litigation can help alleviate any anxiety over the process.



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