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

Last Updated: 08/19/2020

Federal Courts

All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials have been postponed until September 30, 2020.

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

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 have resumed some in-person court services. 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.

In-person jury trials will resume in September. The Atlantic/Cape May, Bergen, and Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem court districts will be the first locations for jury trials.

The court plans to use a combination of remote and in-person proceedings to select juries, and to conduct live trials with social distancing in courthouses.

For everyone's safety, the New Jersey Courts are following guidelines from the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health. For more about the court's safety precautions, refer to this article.

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

Source: https://njcourts.gov/notices/2020/n200424a.pdf; https://njcourts.gov/public/covid19_one-stop.html; https://njcourts.gov/notices/2020/n200612a.pdf?c=Mux; https://www.njd.uscourts.gov/sites/njd/files/SO20-12SeptExtensionOrder.pdf