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For immediate release: June 4, 2008
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Judiciary Rolls Out Online Jury Duty Reporting System

The Judiciary has made it easier for citizens summoned for petit jury service to find out whether they need to report to the court house, Judge Philip S. Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts, today announced. Prospective jurors may now check a new link on the Judiciary Web site at njcourtsonline.com that informs jurors whether they are required to report to court the following day. The Web page contains a separate link for each county, so jurors can check the link for their county. The information on the link refers to jurors' assigned numbers and not juror names.

This additional service was first used in Burlington and Ocean counties, where local court staff and central office support staff tested and improved the procedures. The enhanced process now has been implemented statewide.

In order to lessen inconvenience for jurors and reduce costs, jury managers fine-tune the number of jurors needed at the courthouse the next day based on that day's trial needs. Jurors who are instructed not to report to the courthouse on that day but who haven't completed their service still must check if their number is called for the following day.

The online service supplements the Judiciary’s telephone recording call-in system, which the Judiciary has operated for many years, and provides additional convenience for those called to provide this vital service to their communities. The statewide program is part of recent efforts by the Judiciary to improve the experience of serving on a jury.

“We appreciate the fact that citizens serving on jury duty are providing a critical service to our courts and to the public,” said Judge Carchman, “We want them to know that we value their time and recognize the fact that they have many other commitments. To that end, we want to minimize the inconvenience associated with jury duty as much as possible.”

Other efforts by the courts to enhance jury service include wireless Internet access, which is being added to courthouses around the state, desktop computers provided in certain courthouses for use by jurors and renovations to jury waiting rooms in a number of counties. Additionally, at the discretion of the trial judge, jurors may be permitted to take notes and jurors in civil trials may be authorized to propose questions to be asked of witnesses during the trial. These kinds of actions help jurors to stay engaged in the case and to better understand the information being presented at trial.

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