Juror Precautions

If you are sick or have respiratory symptoms, a fever or a cough, DO NOT report for jury service.

If you recently visited a state that is subject to the 14-day quarantine travel advisory set by the Governor of New Jersey, or plan to visit one of the states on the advisory list in the near future, please let jury management office staff know.

The New Jersey Judiciary is committed to following public health guidance and supporting the health and safety of jurors, attorneys, litigants, members of the public, judges, court staff, and all persons in court facilities. The Judiciary is closely following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Jersey Department of Health (DOH). The Judiciary will continue to cooperate with public health authorities regarding potential exposures in court facilities, including for purposes of contact tracing and to arrange for additional cleaning and sanitizing.

Safety Precautions for Entering Court Buildings

Health and Safety in Court Facilities

  • Face masks and/or face coverings are required for everyone who comes into the courthouse.
  • Fewer jury trials will be in session at any one time to reduce the number of people in the courthouse.
  • Fewer jurors will be summoned to court on any given day to allow for appropriate safeguards, including social distancing.
  • Jurors reporting to the courthouse may be subject to temperature screening by security personnel at the entrance.
  • Jurors may report on a staggered schedule in order to reduce the number of jurors summoned at any one time.
  • Social distancing will be maintained throughout the entire jury trial process, beginning at the courthouse entrance each day. Signage and social distancing reminders will be posted in the courthouse to ensure compliance.
    • Jurors would follow specific routes to get to the assembly room and courtrooms, taking into account elevator limits (1 or 2 per elevator).
    • Once in the courtroom, jurors would be seated with 6 feet of social distance between them, typically in the gallery.
    • Social distancing will also be maintained during breaks, lunch, and deliberations.
  • Jury deliberations will occur in the jury assembly room, in a separate courtroom, or another larger space, rather than in the traditional jury deliberation rooms connected to courtrooms.
  • Members of the public interested in a particular trial will be offered alternative methods of observing the jury trial if there is insufficient space in the courtroom to accommodate the public.
  • Where the Judiciary (rather than a health department) is aware of an actual or presumptive risk of COVID-19 in a jury trial, the Judiciary will notify the jurors who are or may be at risk.

Personal Information for Reporting Jurors

  • The Judiciary will provide you with a face mask or face covering.
  • Jurors will have access to personal materials (masks, notepads, and pens for individual use only) at the courthouse and have access to designated restrooms and eating areas.
  • Although sanitizing stations will be provided, you may consider bringing a small container of hand sanitizer with you to the courthouse as an additional precautionary measure.
  • Bring your jury summons letter with you on the day you report.
  • Plan to bring your own bottled water, as a common water dispenser will not be available.
  • Generally, jurors will not leave the courthouse during the day. You may bring your own lunch. Judiciary staff at the courthouse will provide you with other lunch options, if available.
  • No reading or other materials will be made available for public use in the jury assembly room. You may bring your own reading materials or read on your cell phone while in the jury assembly room.

Thank you very much for your willingness to serve as a juror, and to help the Judiciary continue to provide this vital function of our democracy during these extraordinary times.