New Jersey Juror Summons, Questionnaire, and Penalties

Salem County Courthouse
92 Market Street
Salem, New Jersey 08079
Previously I blogged about the New Jersey Juror Questionnaire. That post, and a post about The Six Requirements for Jury Duty in New Jersey, describe:
  • the court's authority to summon jurors and mail a questionnaire,
  • examples of questions one may expect to be asked, and
  • the legal basis for the questions.

A prospective juror must not ignore either the summons or the questionnaire.

Failure to respond to the questionnaire, failure to appear for jury service, or refusal to serve, will subject a person to a fine of up to $500, or punishment for contempt of court.

The only defense for an incompliant citizen is to appear in court with a reasonable excuse. A judge will determine whether the excuse is objectively reasonable.

This means New Jersey citizens are expected to cooperate with the courts. An individual who believes he should be exempt is expected to communicate his reasons to the court. Cooperation allows the courts to hear the reasons for an exemption request, and to decide accordingly.

Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Smolensky, Esquire, knows how to protect his clients. Mr. Smolensky can provide consultations on all cases regarding the right to trial in New Jersey.

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