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New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Jury duty suspended for new trials, Chief Justice says

Coronavirus will cause postponements of new jury trials

By David Wildstein, March 12 2020 6:23 pm

New Jersey courts have suspended all new jury trials until further notice to minimize exposure to coronavirus.

Ongoing jury trials will continue, as will grand juries as the court waits further communication with state prosecutors.

The state is also looking into the implementation of remote proceedings using video and telephonic equipment, which could allow the court to conduct business with just judges and staff on site.

“While jury trials are a critical component of our justice system, this extraordinary step is necessary to protect the health and safety of the community,” Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said in an announcement this afternoon. “At the same time, we will make every effort to keep our court system running in the face of this health crisis.”

The state is adjusting court calendars to forestall large gatherings at courthouses.

“It is imperative that we take action to avoid large public gatherings at our court facilities,” said Judge Glenn Grant, acting administrative director of the courts. At the same time, we will leverage our technological capabilities so that other court proceedings can continue with minimal disruption to our justice system.”

In-person, not time-sensitive meetings will be deferred, or conducted by video.

The courts announced that they are canceling non-essential courthouse events, including school

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