Virtual Jury with Zoom

Virtual Jury Selection

Zoom is an online tool that will allow you attend the first part of jury selection by video conference. Zoom will work with any Mac or Windows computer. It also will work with any iOS or Android mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.

To make sure the virtual jury selection process goes smoothly, please:

  • Test Zoom before your jury selection day and report any issues to your local Jury Management office. The Jury Management office’s contact information can be found at https://www.njcourts.gov/jurors/jurydir.html
  • Make sure your name in Zoom matches your driver’s license or other official ID
  • Make sure your audio and video both work  

Zoom Checklist

  • I have a computer or mobile device (smartphone or tablet) with a good connection to power and to the Internet.
  • My computer or mobile device has working speakers and camera OR I have a separate webcam.
  • I have tested my microphone and speakers with Zoom and both are working.
  • I have downloaded and installed the Zoom:
    • I have downloaded and installed the Zoom Client for Meetings from https://zoom.us/download for my computer or laptop, or,
    • I have downloaded the Zoom app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for the mobile device I will use for jury selection.
  • I have performed a Zoom test by visiting https://zoom.us/test and followed the guide in the left menu (called Testing Zoom) to test the device I will be using. I am familiar with the Zoom screen options and know how to use the video on/off and mute/unmute buttons.
    **If you are using headphones or a webcam, make sure they are plugged in before you test
  • My name in Zoom is the same as my driver’s license or other official ID.
  • I have removed all personal photos and other personal items from my background so that they will not show during jury selection.
  • I have found an area of my home with minimum background noise.

Before your jury selection date, court staff will email you a Zoom link and instructions on how to join the virtual jury selection. Follow the instructions to join your Zoom virtual jury selection.

Test Zoom before your jury selection date

Go to https://zoom.us/test and follow the directions for testing Zoom on your device.

You can print the step-by-step instructions below to help you with test.

To make sure the virtual jury selection process goes smoothly, please:

  • Test Zoom before your jury selection day and report any issues to your local Jury Management office. The Jury Management office’s contact information can be found at https://www.njcourts.gov/jurors/jurydir.html.
  • Make sure your name in Zoom matches your driver’s license or other official ID
  • Make sure your audio and video both work

Zoom Jury FAQ

Q: What do I do if I need technical assistance?
A: Visit https://zoom.us/support for how-to guides and tutorials. If you are unable to solve your technical issue or have further questions, contact your local Jury Management office. Your Jury Management office’s phone number is on your Jury summons or can be found at https://www.njcourts.gov/jurors/jurydir.html.

Q: How do I join the Zoom virtual Jury selection session?
A: Prior to your selection day, a Jury Management staff member will send you an email that has instructions and an invite link to click on to join the Zoom Jury selection session.

Q: I did not get the Zoom meeting invite, what do I do?
A: Check your email’s spam filter. If you don’t see the invite there contact your local Jury Management office.

Q: I joined the meeting, but I don’t see anyone, and it says I’m in the waiting room.
A: This is normal, the Zoom moderator\Court staff will let you into the meeting when they are ready.

Q: How do I rename myself in Zoom?
A:

  • To change your name if you are using a computer or laptop:
    1. While in a test Zoom session (https://zoom.us/test) click on Participants
    2. Move your mouse over your name, choose More, then Rename
    3. Enter your name as it appears on your driver’s license or other official ID, check Remember my name for future meetings, then click OK
  • To change your name if you are using a mobile device:
    1. While you are in a test Zoom session (https://zoom.us/test) tap on Participants
    2. Find your name in the list of participants
    3. Tap on your name and select Rename
    4. Type in your name as it appears on your driver’s license or other official ID, then tap Done

Q: Zoom froze on me what should I do?
A: Try closing the Zoom program and rejoin the meeting. If you are still experiencing problems after that, reboot your device and try to rejoin the meeting again. If you continue to experience problems, contact your local Jury Management office. Your Jury Management office’s phone number is on your Jury summons or can be found at https://www.njcourts.gov/jurors/jurydir.html.

Q: I have a laptop and a cell phone. Which should I use?
A: Generally, a laptop or desktop is preferred over a cell phone however if you test both options before your Jury session you can use whatever device you are most comfortable with.

Q: How do I leave the Zoom session?
A: For all devices, click (or tap) Leave on your screen and then select Leave Meeting.