6:5-3. Trial by Jury
- (a) How Demanded. In actions commenced in the Special Civil Part a written demand for trial by jury shall be filed with the clerk at the principal location of the court and served upon opposing parties not later than 10 days after the time provided for the defendant to answer; or in the case of a counterclaim the plaintiff may make such demand not later than 10 days after the time provided for the service of a defensive pleading to the counterclaim. In actions in the Small Claims Section the demand may be filed and served by the defendant and the fee paid at least five days before the return day of the summons, whereupon the clerk shall transfer the action to the Special Civil Part.
- (b) Waiver. A trial by jury shall be deemed to be waived unless a demand therefor has been filed in the time and manner herein provided and unless the party demanding the same has, at the time of making such demand, paid the required fee therefor. Trial by jury shall also be deemed to be waived in actions in which a judgment is entered prior to a demand therefor.
- (c) On Court's Order. The court may, in its discretion, order a trial by jury at the plaintiff's expense, to be taxed in the costs of the action notwithstanding the failure of all parties to have made demand therefor.
- (d) Mode of Trial. If a jury is demanded and the demand is not withdrawn by consent, or if trial by jury is ordered by the court, the action shall be tried by jury.
- (e) Consolidated Actions. Where 2 or more actions are consolidated for trial, there need be only one demand for jury and only one jury fee shall be required.