Bergen County Superior Court Juror Reporting Information

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Attention Jurors: We have been notified by the Bergen County Sheriff that Bergen County residents have received telephone calls from individuals claiming to be law enforcement. The caller stated that bench warrants have been issued for failing to report for jury duty and in order to dismiss the warrant you must immediately pay a fine or face arrest. Please be advised that these are not legitimate telephone calls and they are a scam. In the event you receive a call please obtain as much information from the caller and notify your local police department or the Bergen County Sheriff’s Dept. (201) 646-2222. If you have any questions please call our jury management office at (201) 527-2290.

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Message From Assignment Judge Peter Doyne

On behalf of the Bergen County Superior Court, I would like to welcome you. Everyone connected with the Court system recognizes that when we ask our citizens to report for jury service it represents a personal inconvenience to each and every one of you. However, jury service is an important duty of citizenship and fundamental to our entire system of justice. The Courts cannot function without members of the public offering their time to serve as jurors. We value your service as a juror and know that you will find your experience with the courts to be rewarding.

Thank you for serving.

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Note: This same reporting message is also available by calling 201-527-2299.

*******JUROR PARKING AS OF JULY 29, 2013*******

Effective July 29, 2013, jurors will notice changes in general parking and building access procedures at the Bergen County Justice Center. The existing parking lot located on Court Street will be closed due to construction.
Jurors and courthouse visitors will be able to park at the new location:

Location: 150 River Street, Hackensack, NJ - The Record News Lot

Hours: 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Fees: Free for Jurors. Jury Department will validate juror parking. Bring ticket with you.

Bus Shuttle Services: Jurors must use the specially marked Juror Shuttle Bus which will run at 15 min. intervals.

Stops: From 150 River Street, Hackensack to Court Street entrance of Court House.

NOTE: Access to the Juror Shuttle Bus requires jurors to show juror badges or letter from Jury Dept. The parking is on a first come, first serve basis and the number of spaces is 400.

Failure to Report

Jurors who fail to report as summoned are subject to penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Call the jury office at 201-527-2290 if you have questions about your jury service.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy

Please advise the Jury Manager if you require an accommodation in order to serve. The TTY Number is: 201-527-2281.

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, including police 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 consume food or beverages into the courtroom, except for bottled water.

If You Are Selected As A Juror

  • The trial judge will instruct you regarding the trial schedule, reporting times, any recesses, lunch arrangements, etc.
  • If you're chosen for a jury, the judge will instruct you regarding the trial schedule, reporting times, recesses, etc. The judge's instructions will take precedence over any general instructions given in the assembly area.
  • You must wear your juror badge at all times, including during lunch.

Other Factors Relating to Your Juror Service

  • The daily juror fee is $5. Petit jurors receive $40 for each day after 3 days.
  • Checks are processed Friday.
  • Your juror check should be received within 3 weeks.
  • Your comments are important to us; you may request a survey form.

Smoking Policy

The courthouse is a non-smoking facility. You may smoke outside the main entrance. If you do so, please inform jury staff so that we are aware of your location at all times.

Employment Protection

Please be aware that N.J.S.A.2B:20-17 protects jurors from employment related retaliation and provides for the possibility of both criminal and civil sanctions.

Term of Service

Petit jurors are on call for one day. You must call or check the website after 5:00 p.m. the evening prior to your service to see if you must report. If you are selected, you must remain for the duration of the jury selection process and the trial. Once your service is completed, you will not be eligible to be selected again for three years.

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