New Jersey residents are reminded to remain alert to potential jury scams. In the past, residents have reported contacts by persons who impersonated court personnel in an attempt to solicit personal information. Court officials will never ask for payment to avoid arrest for failure to report for jury duty.
"The New Jersey Judiciary does not and has never asked for personal identifiers over the phone, by email or in person," said Glenn A. Grant, administrative director of the courts. He noted that any such contacts are scams that should be immediately reported to the Judiciary's jury manager in the resident's county. Director Grant stated that all initial notifications to potential jurors are conducted through the U.S. Postal Service. He stated that although the Judiciary now permits jurors to complete their juror qualification questionnaire online - for greater juror convenience - and to contact Jury Management Offices by email, that the first juror service contact will be a mailed document.
Court officials are concerned that residents may be tricked into providing personal identification information to persons not associated with the Judiciary who will use the information for unlawful purposes. If a person receives a call or email requesting payment, they should not provide any personal information, credit card numbers, prepaid cards, or money to the requestor.
An official jury summons includes a return address to the Jury Management Office for the county in which it was sent. The qualification questionnaire does ask for a birth date for verification purposes but does not ask for driver's license number or Social Security number.
Anyone who has concerns about being approached inappropriately concerning jury duty is asked to contact the county jury manager at once as well as law enforcement where the individual resides.