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Are courts open? Do I have to report for jury duty? Can legal matters be dealt with remotely?

Last Updated: 07/03/2020

Federal Courts

By order of U.S. Chief District Judge Freda L. Wolfson, all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials will be postponed until August 31, 2020.

In addition, the Court orders that no grand juries shall be empaneled until further order of the Court.

The situation continues to change rapidly, so for the latest updates, visit: https://www.njd.uscourts.gov/

State and Local Courts

New Jersey Superior and Municipal Courts resumed some in-person court services on Monday, June 22. A small number of judges and court staff are working on-site each day. The rest continue to work remotely to ensure safe distancing can be maintained.

Courthouses and court facilities are open only to attorneys, litigants, and members of the public with scheduled proceedings or appointments.

Contact the court if you have questions about filing emergent applications or about a scheduled hearing, motion, conference, or other matter.

For additional help, contact your local ombudsman by phone or email. The Court has also created a Self-help Center with forms and instructions to help you file your case.

Some jury trials suspended during COVID-19 are resuming with social distancing and other precautions. Grand juries may convene remotely consistent with the Pilot Program for Virtual Grand Juries, which currently is operating in Bergen and Mercer Counties.

The court will send new jury notices when petit juries and grand juries resume.

Please contact your jury management office if you have additional questions about your service.

Source: https://www.njcourts.gov/pressrel/2020/pr031220a.pdf?c=GMB;https://www.njcourts.gov/pressrel/2020/pr042420a.pdf?c=IGA; https://njcourts.gov/notices/2020/n200424a.pdf;https://www.njd.uscourts.gov/sites/njd/files/2020-09.pdf; https://njcourts.gov/public/covid19_one-stop.html ; https://njcourts.gov/notices/2020/n200612a.pdf?c=Mux