Gretel v. Essex

Gretel v. Essex, A-007-97T1 (App.Div. 1998)

Sat below: Hon. Charles Delehey, J.S.C. (Mercer County)

In this wrongly decided unsuccessful appeal, the appellate division extended the parameters of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act’s “former household member” jurisdictional prerequisite to include a brief co-tenancy with no romantic nor familial relationship between the litigants and affirmed the issuance of a restraining Order based on defendant’s “harassment” of plaintiff by leaving six voice mail messages at her place of employment. (Only the reply brief is available, I was not original counsel on the appeal) Please note that, at the request of one of the litigants, I have changed the names and docket number on this case.

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