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Essex County Reporting Information

Greetings Jurors, 

Petit Jurors summoned for Wednesday, July 17, 2024, with juror order numbers 00959-02399 that were have been placed for Thursday, July 18, 2024, have been cancelled.  Please return to your normal activity and/or to work on Thursday.  

Jurors that have already appeared in-person and are assigned to a judge, please follow the judge's instructions.

All petit and grand jurors summoned for jury service, please complete your online questionnaire at www.njcourts.gov/mjs.  Please have your participant number available.  You will receive information via email the day prior to your jury service after 3:30 p.m. with further instructions for the date of service or you may call the jury reporting phone line at 973-776-9783 to hear a recorded jury reporting message after 5:30 p.m. Term of Service is one week or one trial.

Answers to frequently asked questions about jury service can be found at https://www.njcourts.gov/jurors/faq

Please be advised that jurors will not be able to confirm their service the Friday before their summons date. Please contact the Jury Management Office for assistance. 

In addition, you may request a one-time rescheduling for up to 12 months for extreme hardship, you may also update and modify information by completing your online questionnaire.

Please contact the Jury Management Office during business hours Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding State holidays should you have any questions preferably by email at ESX-jury.mailbox@njcourts.gov or 973-776-9300 ext. 56887. 

For in-person reporting, please report at 8:45 a.m. (unless informed otherwise) to the Jury Management Office located at 50 West Market Street Room 150 Veterans Courthouse, Newark, NJ 07102. Free parking is available. Please bring parking ticket inside for validation. Parking lot located at the intersection of 19 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ and Howard Street.

All persons will be screened upon entering the building.  Please be advised that glass containers and certain metal objects are not allowed.   You may wear a mask if you choose to. You may also bring reading material and/or laptop if you wish.  Also, there is a cafeteria on the premise.  No microwave is available. 

*Please do not report for jury service if you are sick or not feeling well. Please call or email jury management to reschedule.

Thank you for your willingness to serve!

Message from Assignment Judge Sheila A. Venable

Welcome. Thank you for serving as an Essex County juror. Your service is a vital part of the justice system in our form of democracy and will be an important contribution to your fellow citizens. Thank you for serving.

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 at  973-776-9300 ext. 56887  or by email at Esx-jury.Mailbox@njcourts.gov .

Juror Parking Directions

50 West Market Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Free parking is available only in the designated juror parking area - please bring your parking ticket to the Jury Management Office for validation.

Dress Code

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.

Courtroom Regulations

  • 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.

Employment Protection

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.

Term of Service

Effective April 3, 2020, Petit jurors are summoned for one day or one trial. This means, if after serving one day and you are not involved in the jury selection process, your jury service will be complete.

Smoking Policy

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  973-776-9300 ext. 56887 .