State Grand Juror Reporting Information

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Message From Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson, Supervising Judge of the State Grand Jury

Welcome to our court system. Your service as a juror is one of the most valuable contributions you can make to our government and to your community.

The right to a trial by a jury of one's peers is guaranteed by our Constitution. A jury's decision must be fair and impartial in order to protect an individual's rights and interests, as well as the public's interest.

Serving on a jury will give you an active role in your government, and by participating in the process, you will obtain a better understanding of the New Jersey judicial system. I trust your service will be a beneficial learning experience. I'm grateful for your contribution.

Click here for Current Reporting Message

Note: This same reporting message is also available by calling 609-571-4040. If this reporting message is not available both here and on the telephone recording, you must report to the Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market St., Trenton, NJ, no later than 11:00 a.m.

Failure to Report

Jurors who fail to report as summoned are subject to penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Call the Jury Management Office at 609-571-4038 or 609-571-4497 if you have questions about your jury service.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy

If you require an accommodation in order to serve, please call 609-815-2722. The TTY relay number is 1-800-852-7899, 7897 (voice).

Dress Code

Jurors must wear clothing appropriate for an appearance in court. Shorts, t-shirts, or clothing containing statements or offensive symbols are not permitted. In addition, work uniforms should not be worn.

Courtroom Regulations

  • Cell phones, pagers and electronic devices must be turned off in the courtroom.
  • You are not permitted to read newspapers or others materials in the courtroom.
  • You are not permitted to bring food or beverages into the courtroom.

If You Are Seated as a State Grand Juror

  • Court room staff will instruct you regarding the grand jury schedule, reporting times, any recesses, lunch arrangements, etc.
  • You must wear your juror badge at all times, including during lunch.

Other Factors Relating to Your Jury Service

At selection, staff will provide complete instructions regarding juror compensation and expense reimbursement procedures.

Smoking Policy

The Hughes Justice Complex is a non-smoking facility. You may smoke outside the main entrance. If you do so, please inform the staff in advance and check back in when you return.

Employment Protection

N.J.S.A. 2B:20-17 protects jurors from employment related retaliation. There are both criminal and civil sanctions.

Term of Service

State grand jurors should be prepared to serve for one full session, which is for a period of twenty weeks. Once your service is completed, you may request to be excused if you are summoned again within three years.

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