Attention Jurors – Scam Alert: Enforcement of juror summonses is not conducted by telephone and does not involve requests for immediate payment by electronic means. The Hunterdon County Sheriff reports that several citizens have called about telephone calls that falsely alleged that bench warrants had been issued and requested immediate payment for failing to report as a juror. If you receive such a call, notify your local police department. If you have further questions, please call our jury management office at (908) 237-5863.
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Message From Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone
Thank you for serving the Hunterdon County Court. Jurors are an essential part of our justice system. I hope that you enjoy your time as a juror while you are performing this invaluable service.
Thank you for serving.
Note: This same reporting message is also available by calling 908-237-5860. If the reporting message is not available both here and on the telephone recording you must report to the courthouse at 9:00 AM.
Listed below are procedures to make your jury experience as comfortable and convenient as possible. Please read all information carefully and follow all instructions. Should you have any questions please call 908-237-5863. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Failure to Report
Jurors who fail to report as summoned are subject to penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Call the Jury Manager at 908-237-5863 if you have questions about your service.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy
Please advise the Jury Manager if you require an accommodation in order to serve. The NJ Relay Center is 800-852-7899.
Jurors must wear clothing appropriate for an appearance in court. Shorts, T-shirts, or clothing with statements or offensive symbols are not permitted. In addition, work uniforms, including police uniforms, should not be worn.
Cell phone, pagers and electronic devices must be turned off in the courtroom.
You are not permitted to read newspapers or other materials in the courtroom.
You are not permitted to bring food or beverages into the courtroom.
If You Are Selected As A Juror
Prior to selecting a jury the trial judge will provide information regarding the trial schedule.
If you are chosen for a jury, the judge will instruct you regarding the trial schedule, reporting times and any recesses including lunch breaks. The judge's instructions will take precedence over any general information given in the assembly area.
You must wear your juror badge at all times, including during lunch.
Other Factors Relating to Your Juror Service
Jurors that report for service will be paid the daily juror fee is $5 per day. Petit jurors receive $40 a day for each day after 3 days.
Checks are processed every Friday. Your juror check will be received within 3 weeks.
Upon request you will be provided with an attendance letter.
Your comments are important to us; you may request a survey form.
The courthouse is a non-smoking facility. You may smoke by exiting outside through the main entrance. If you do so please inform the jury staff so that we are aware of your location at all times.
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.
Petit Juror Service
Service for one week or until the completion of one trial. If you are selected, you must remain for the duration of the trial even if it goes beyond your one week term. Jurors will hear evidence in either criminal or civil trials and render a verdict. You must call or check the website each evening to obtain instructions regarding whether you must report. Once your service is completed, you will not be eligible to be selected again for 3 years.
Fire exits are clearly marked throughout the courthouse, including the Jury Assembly area. If there is an emergency, courthouse staff will direct you out of the building via a prescribed route to our assigned assembly area. Please take all personal belongings with you. If you are physically challenged, you should notify the jury staff when you arrive at the courthouse so that we can accommodate your needs.