Judiciary Warns Against Possible Jury Scam

The New Jersey Judiciary would like to remind New Jersey residents that the court system does not contact prospective jurors by phone, by e-mail or by sending representatives to their homes.  NJ residents sometimes report that they've been contacted by persons who impersonated court personnel to attempt to solicit personal information.

“The New Jersey Judiciary does not and has never asked for personal identifiers over the phone, by e-mail or in person,” said Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the courts.  He noted that any such contacts are scams that should be immediately reported to the Judiciary's jury manager in the resident's county.  Judge Grant stated that all initial notifications to potential jurors are conducted through the U.S. Postal Service.  He stated that although the Judiciary now permits jurors to complete their juror qualification questionnaire online -- for greater juror convenience -- and to contact most Jury Management Offices by email, that the first juror service contact will be a mailed document. 

Court officials are concerned that residents may be tricked into providing personal identification information to persons not associated with the Judiciary who will use the information for unlawful purposes. 

An official jury summons includes a return address to the Jury Management Office for the county in which it was sent.  The qualification questionnaire does ask for a birth date for verification purposes but does not ask for driver’s license number or Social Security number.

Anyone who has concerns about being approached inappropriately concerning jury duty is asked to contact the county jury manager at once.

A list of jury managers is attached.

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