Each day, American citizens just like you participate in our judicial process by serving as jurors. State laws require jurors to be selected randomly from a fair cross-section of the community in which they serve. The 6th Amendment of the Constitution provides that we all have the right to be tried by a jury of our peers.
In Bergen County, jurors are randomly selected from lists obtained from the NJ Department of Motor Vehicle database, N.J. personal income tax filers, applicants for homestead rebates and registered voters. The system is designed to do a random selection which ensures that everyone has an equal opportunity and obligation to serve on jury duty. Although the Judiciary recognizes that it may be a financial sacrifice to some, jurors cannot be selected only from selective classes such as the unemployed or retired.
Listed below are procedures to make your experience as comfortable and convenient as possible. Please read carefully. If you have any questions, call (201) 527-2569.
Bergen County Superior Court
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Telephone: (201) 527-2290 Fax: (201) 371-1104
To ensure your safety, Sheriff's personnel screen all persons, including jurors, when entering the court complex. To expedite this process, please observe the following:
- Wear your JUROR badge at all times;
- Be prepared to remove all metal objects including keys, coins, cell phones, cigarette packs, foil wrappers and large buckles.
- If the metal detector activates as you pass through, you will be screened with a hand-held metal detector.
- Purses and other carried items such as brief cases and backpacks will be x-rayed.
- Leave pocketknives, scissors, pepper spray, glass bottles and containers etc. at home or in your vehicle. All potential weapons will be confiscated.
- Cameras and recording devices are prohibited.
- You will pass through this area faster if you have fewer metal items on your person.
Parking is located in a secured public parking lot located on Court Street which is adjacent to the courthouse. Jurors must bring their parking ticket to the central jury Room- 404 for validation to avoid the parking fee. Validations must be made before 4:30 p.m.
For convenience, wireless internet access is available to jurors in the Central Jury Room and throughout the courthouse. Feel free to bring your laptop. However, jurors are advised that when they are assigned to a case the judge will instruct you not to access the internet to gather information about the case, the parties, the lawyers, the witnesses, or the subject matter involved in the lawsuit. Jurors will be instructed not to review or seek out information about the issues in the case, the parties, the attorneys, or the witnesses through internet or other research. Jurors are prohibited from accessing the internet or participate in or review any websites, internet "chat rooms" or "blogs" which are in any way related to the parties, the witnesses, the attorneys or the issues in the case. Jurors are forewarned that any violation of this prohibition could result in the juror being charged with being in contempt of court.
Cell phones may be used in the following areas: the Central Jury Room, cafeteria, hallways, and restrooms, as well as outside the building. The use of any electronic device is strictly prohibited in the courtrooms, deliberation rooms and as per the judges' individual instructions. You should not attempt to communicate with others about the case to which you are assigned, either personally or through computers, cell phones, text messaging, instant messaging, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, My Space, personal electronic and media devices or other forms of wireless communication.
Although every attempt is made to expedite the jury selection process, please realize that there may be a waiting period during which judges are case conferencing the trials in an effort to settle the cases without needing a jury panel. During the waiting process jurors have access to free reading materials, television, quiet area, and wireless internet in the Central Jury Room. Also feel free to bring your own reading materials or work materials. Additional items are listed under the Amenities link.
Please inform jury staff if you are a full-time employee of any agency, independent authority, instrumentality or entity of the state, or of any political subdivision of the state. This includes, but is not limited to, municipal employees, public school teachers, members of the Board of Education, NJ Transit employees, etc. You will not receive payment for jury service, since you are entitled to your usual compensation when serving as a juror, but you will receive an attendance letter upon request.