Practice and Procedure in a Representative State Court System
Joseph Aronds, Chief Litigation and Trial Counsel, Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc., USA
This article examines civil practice and procedure at the pre-trial level under the “best practices” rules of the courts of the State of New Jersey. Although each of the fifty states has its own specific rules of practice and procedure arising out of its statutes, regulations and court rules, this article is intended to provide a starting point for foreign corporations and other business entities to understand what they may encounter if they sue or are sued in the courts of any state. The focus of this article is on the New Jersey “best practices” rules because, as their name implies, they are intended to be a model for civil state court practice and procedure.
Joseph M. Aronds is Chief Litigation and Trial Counsel at Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc., a commercial real estate development corporation based in Secaucus, New Jersey. Mr. Aronds has served as the president of the Association of Corporate Counsel - New Jersey, the New Jersey chapter of the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Corporate Counsel. Throughout his career, Mr. Aronds has been a speaker or panelist at numerous continuing legal education seminars on a variety of topics. Mr. Aronds received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Aronds has authored and drawn an online law-themed cartoon, "Overruled!", several of which have been auctioned off to raise money for various charitable causes.
Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. is one of the largest privately owned commercial real estate development firms in the United States. Further information may be found at www.hartzmountain.com
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