Juror Precautions

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

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 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.

Health and Safety in Court Facilities

  • Face masks and/or face coverings are required for everyone in jury trials, grand juries, and jury assembly rooms.
  • Jurors may wear their own face mask. Masks containing words or offensive symbols are not permitted. The Judiciary will provide disposable masks for jurors who do not bring their own.
  • Fewer jurors than normal will be summoned to court on any given time to allow for appropriate safeguards, including social distancing.
  • Social distancing will be maintained throughout the jury trial process.
    • Once in the courtroom, jurors would be seated with 3 feet of social distance between them.
  • If required to maintained 3 feet of social distancing, jury deliberations will occur in larger spaces, 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 potential 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

  • Jurors may wear their own face mask. Masks containing words or offensive symbols are not permitted. The Judiciary will provide disposable masks for jurors who do not bring their own.
  • The Judiciary does not ask jurors about their vaccination status.
  • Bring your jury summons with you on the day you report.

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.