All state courthouses are open to the public. Visitors no longer need an appointment or a scheduled matter in order to enter a courthouse. More judges and court staff are working on-site each day. The rest continue to work remotely.
More court matters are being conducted in person, including some jury trials. Judges can schedule an in-person proceeding based on the facts and circumstances in any case.
The courts continue to conduct matters remotely. See the video for tips on preparing for a remote court hearing.
If you need help, please reach out. Our Help Desk line is 609-421-6100. Our ombudsmen can answer questions by phone and email. Our Self-help Center has forms and instructions to help you file your case. Watch this video to learn about electronic filing for litigants.
Important Information for Court Visitors
- We will not ask for proof of vaccination when you enter a courthouse.
- Masks must be worn in courtrooms and all Judiciary areas of New Jersey courthouses. This includes courtrooms in municipal courts. Vaccinated people also must wear masks. In certain situations, the judge may permit individuals to remove their mask in the courtroom.
- Gloves are not required. Court users can wear gloves if they choose to bring them.
- There may be restrictions on eating and drinking in court locations.
- If you need food or drinks because of a health condition, contact the ADA coordinator before you come to court to make arrangements for an accommodation.
- If possible, avoid bringing children to the courthouse unless they are involved in a court matter.
Other health precautions court users should follow:
- Keep six feet apart from others whenever possible.
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
Do not come to the courthouse if you have any of these symptoms:
- fever or chills
- runny nose
- body aches or pains
- nausea or vomiting
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Let court staff know immediately if:
- You have any of the symptoms listed above. We will talk to you about rescheduling your court hearing.
- You are scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccination that conflicts with your court date and time. We will talk to you about rescheduling your court hearing.
- Contact the court ombudsman in your county if you have other questions about Judiciary health and safety guidelines.
Other Covid-19 Information
The New Jersey Department of Health provides up-to-date information about the COVID-19 virus and vaccines. Judiciary health and safety policies are based on recommendations by the NJ DOH and other public health authorities.