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Is jury duty suspended? When will trials and other legal proceedings resume?

Last Updated: 05/28/2020

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/

New Jersey Superior and Municipal Courts

Until further notice, there are no in-person Municipal Court, Superior Court, and Tax Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters.)

As many matters as possible (including case management conferences, motions, and hearings) will be handled by telephone or video conference.

Court offices and most municipal courts also are closed for in-person submissions. Filings may be submitted electronically or by mail or dropped off at a designated drop-box. Court-ordered payments may be sent by mail or made electronically.

For additional help, contact your local ombudsman.

Jury trials and most grand jury proceedings are suspendeduntil at least May 31. The court will send new jury notices when petit juries and grand juries resume.

A pilot program to hold grand jury sessions by videoconference has begun in two counties. If it is successful, it will be used to help move forward cases that await indictment.

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