Mercer County Superior Court Juror Reporting Information

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Message From Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson

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.

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Note: This same reporting message is also available by calling 609-571-4370. If this reporting message is not available both here and on the telephone recording, you must report to the courthouse at 8:30 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 609-571-4374 or 609-571-4368 if you have questions about your jury service.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy

Please advise the Jury Manager at 609-571-4374 or 4375 if you require an accommodation in order to serve. Call 609-292-8284 or 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, 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 bring food or beverages into the courtroom.

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 Jury Service

  • The daily juror fee is $5. Petit jurors receive $40 for each day after 3 days.
  • Checks are processed Friday.
  • Your juror check will be received within 4 to 6 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 tell the clerk at the front desk and check back in with him or her 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

Petit jurors should be prepared to serve for one full trial, which may be more than a week . Trials vary in length. Some trials proceed for just one day and others last longer. The trial judge will estimate the length of the trial during jury selection. If you are sent to a courtroom and the jury selection process continues beyond your second day, you must return until you're selected to sit as a trial juror or the judge excuses you from serving on that trial. Those who are selected for trials finish their service at the conclusion of the trial. Once your service is completed, you should request to be excused if summoned again within three years.

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