This message is for Jurors summoned for the WEEK of NOVEMBER 27, 2023:
Do NOT report to the courthouse on your original summons date. If you completed the juror qualification questionnaire and confirmed your responses, the specific reporting instructions were emailed to you. Please read the email and the attachments thoroughly. Check your spam or junk folder in the event it was diverted there.
NOTE- Important update- When instructed to report to the courthouse; the Jury Assembly Room has been relocated to Room 404.
Jury Staff Office is located in Room 201.
Please do not go to Room 210. That are is under construction. Report to Room 404. Thank you.
In an effort to prevent Covid1-19 related exposures, there is a two-step reporting process that all jurors must follow. Jury Orientation will begin on your original summons date on a virtual format on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. The orientation will be approximately 1 to 1.5 hours long. The next day, you will be reporting in-person to the courthouse at 8:30 a.m. for the actual jury selection before a judge. Please, do not report to the courthouse on your original summons date. Jurors who completed their summons questionnaire and confirmed their service will receive the Zoom Invite at least one day prior.
Jurors who did NOT complete their jury summons and did NOT receive an email or text message, must contact the jury office to have your service deferred to a new date.
Grand Jurors summoned for Dec. 1, 2023- Please refer to the email that was sent to you with reporting instructions and Zoom invite from email@example.com Check your spam folder also to ensure that you did receive it.
Grand Jurors who were already selected and are currently serving on a panel: Please refer to the reporting service dates provided to you on selection day.
State Grand Jurors: Please check the Juror Reporting State Grand Jury message for updates.
Please be assured your health is important to us. The Judiciary continues to monitor developments in the spread of the coronavirus and any potential impact on court operations. Some court events are currently being held as scheduled. We are communicating regularly with the state Department of Health for guidance on any adjustments needed to protect the health and safety of jurors and other court users. Call the Jury Management Office (201) 221-0700 Ext. 25090 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or covid related concerns, feel free to leave a voice message or email us immediately.
Note: When completing the juror questionnaire online, please be aware that you are able to self-defer your service one time, for up to 12 weeks from the summons date. If you are seeking a deferral longer than 12 weeks, you will be required to provide supporting documentation to the Jury Management Office. You may email email@example.com or call (201) 221-0700 EXT. 25090.
Message from Assignment Judge Carol V. Novey Catuogno
On behalf of the Bergen County Superior Court, I would like to welcome you. Everyone connected with the court system recognizes that when we ask our citizens to report for jury service it represents a personal inconvenience to each and every one of you. However, jury service is an important duty of citizenship and fundamental to our entire system of justice. The Courts cannot function without members of the public offering their time to serve as jurors. We value your service as a juror and know that you will find your experience with the courts to be rewarding. Thank you for serving.
Voluntary Demographic InformationThe juror questionnaire includes three voluntary demographic questions. This information helps the Judiciary understand the diversity and representativeness of jury pools. Your responses to these questions are optional and will not affect your selection. More information can be found at this link.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy
Advise the Jury Management Office if you require an accommodation in order to serve. You can reach the Jury Management Office by phone ator by email at .
Juror Parking Directions
Public Garage Hours:
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday thru Friday
Parking Fees Established By The County Of Bergen:
All others: Parking fee rates are posted at the entrance of the garage.
Access To The Bergen County Justice Center:
Jurors And Members Of The Public: Access to the courthouse is permitted from both the Hudson and Court Street entrances after 8 a.m.
Attorneys: Access available through public entrances. Attorneys must show a valid Bergen County identification card. To obtain an attorney ID card, contact the Sheriff's Dept. at 201-336-3565.
Employees: Judiciary employees should continue to use the employee entrance located on Hudson Street starting at 7 a.m. Employee ID is required for entry.
55 Court Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Please remember to bring your juror badge or paperwork, as well as your parking ticket to be validated.
Jurors reporting for service should wear clothing appropriate for an appearance in court. Shorts, t-shirts, uniforms or clothing containing statements or offensive symbols are not permitted. All hats must be removed when in a courtroom. Comfortable clothing is also advisable.
- Cell phones, pagers and electronic devices must be turned off in the courtroom.
- You are not permitted to read newspapers or other materials in the courtroom.
- You are not permitted to bring food or beverages into the courtroom.
If You Are Selected As A Juror
- The trial judge will instruct you regarding the trial schedule, reporting times, any recesses, lunch arrangements, etc.
- The judge's instructions will take precedence over any general instructions given in the assembly area.
- You must wear your juror badge at all times, including during lunch.
Other Factors Relating To Your Juror Service
- The daily fee for petit jurors is $5 for the first 3 days and $40 for each day after 3 days.
- The daily fee for grand jurors is $5 for each day of service.
- Checks are processed on Friday.
- Your juror check will generally be received within 3 weeks.
- Check with your employer or your union representative, or read your employee handbook if you have questions about whether you will be compensated by your employer while serving as a juror.
Be aware that N.J.S.A. 2B:20-17 protects jurors from employment related retaliation and provides for the possibility of both criminal and civil sanctions.
Terms of Service
Petit jurors are on call for one day. You must call or check the website after 5:00 p.m. the evening prior to your service to see if you must report. If you are selected, you must remain for the duration of the jury selection process and the trial. Once your service is completed, you will not be eligible to be selected again for three years.
The courthouse is a non-smoking facility. If you leave the courthouse to smoke, you must inform jury staff so that we are aware of your location at all times.
Failure to Report
Individuals who fail to respond to a jury summons or fail to report when summoned may be subject to penalties including fines. If you have forgotten to appear as scheduled for jury service, please contact the Jury Management Office immediately at.