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Virtual Civil Jury Trials

The Supreme Court in its Jan. 7, 2021, Order authorized a two-phase approach to virtual civil jury trials during the COVID-19 health crisis. The Court on Feb. 1, 2021, issued an Order amending two provisions of the authorizing order and notice.

Virtual Civil Jury Trials Overview

An overview of virtual civil jury trials during COVID-19 is available in this PowerPoint.

Practical Tips

Practical tips for virtual civil jury trials can be found here.

Juror guidelines and questionnaire

Virtual petit jurors receive these guidelines and petit jurors for fully virtual civil trials receive a supplemental questionnaire.

Model order

A model order for virtual civil jury trials can be found here.

Virtual Trials

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eCourts/jeds and Electronic Filing

All attorneys should use eCourts for all filings in case types currently available in eCourts. These include:

  • Appellate Division
  • Children-in-Court
  • Civil
  • Criminal
  • Foreclosure
  • Special Civil DC Docket
  • Supreme Court
  • Tax Court

Attorneys should use the Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (jeds) system only for the following case types:

  • Divorce
  • Child Support and Custody
  • DV Contempt
  • General Equity
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Small Claims
  • When an attorney files a document in jeds where eCourts is available for that case type, the filing will be dismissed by the clerk without a refund of the filing fee.

Do not submit these documents in jeds:

  • Discovery
  • Evidence
  • Civil Commitments
  • Guardianship
  • Estates

Attorneys can watch this video to learn more about jeds

Deficiencies
The clerk can notify attorneys of deficiencies in cases filed electronically. Attorneys will have 10 days to correct the deficiency.

Electronic Signatures
All documents submitted through eCourts and jeds are considered to be signed under Court Rule 1:5-6.
Read the May 8 Notice to the Bar

Service of Process
Court Rule 1:41-3 has been relaxed and supplemented to allow service of process by mail on the State of New Jersey. Read the Supreme Court order.

Courtesy Copies of Court Filings
The requirement that the parties must provide courtesy copies of their civil or matrimonial court filings is suspended through June 14. Courtesy copies are still required if the submission is more than 35 pages long.


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Rule Relaxations

Summary of all Court Rule relaxations under COVID-19

  • Rule 1:5-6(c):
    The clerk may issue a deficiency notice to filers who electronically file nonconforming or otherwise deficient documents and shall provide ten (10) days to correct matters covered by Rule 1:5-6(c). (May 8 Notice).

  • Rule 1 :5-6(c)(1):
    Relaxed to provide that documents filed through an approved electronic filing system (including eCourts and jeds) shall be deemed filed upon receipt in the system and the clerk may not refuse to file such documents.(May 8 Notice).

  • Rule 1 :5-6(d):
    Relaxed to provide that the clerk shall redirect pleadings electronically filed in eCourts or jeds if filed in the wrong venue, in the wrong division, or in the wrong case type and shall notify the filing party of that change. (May 8 Notice).

  • Rule 1:6-4:
    Relaxed and supplemented to eliminate requirement for copies of civil and family matrimonial (FM) motion papers to be submitted to the judge as long as total submission does not exceed 35 pages. Also, suspends the requirement of courtesy copies as long as the total submission does not exceed 25 pages. (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice)(May 15 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 1:18B-1(d):
    Relaxed and supplemented to extend 2019 judicial financial statements to be due by Aug. 15, 2020. (April 10 Notice).

  • Rule 1:20-1:
    Extended to make the time period from March 16 through April 26 the same as a legal holiday for the tolling of grievances, formal pleadings, hearings and procedural deadlines. (March 27 Notice) Tolling further extended through May 10. (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 1:20A-1:
    Extended to make the time period from March 16 through April 26 the same as a legal holiday for the tolling of grievances, formal pleadings, hearings and procedural deadlines. Tolling further extended through May 10. (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 1:21-10(b):
    Relaxed and supplemented to allow temporary authorization for non-NJ attorneys to provide pro bono legal services under the supervision of a licensed NJ attorney. (May 7 Notice).

  • Rule 1:24:
    Permits law school graduates to practice law under certain conditions and with supervision. (April 24 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 1:24-1:
    Relaxed to extend deadline for applying for the July 2020 bar exam until April 30 with no late fee. (March 27 Notice).

  • Rule 1:32-2A(a):
    The Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (jeds) system is an approved electronic filing system for the trial divisions in Superior Court and in the Tax Court. (May 11 Notice) .

  • Rule 1:32-2A(c):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit electronic signatures for all filing processes in place during the COVID-19 crisis. (March 27 Notice) (April 24 Notice) (May 15 Notice) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 1:41-3:
    Relaxed and supplemented so as to toll the time requirements for newly appointed noncertified municipal court directors, administrator and deputy administrators to receive conditional accreditation and full accreditation. (April 10 Notice).

  • Rule 1:42/Reg. 201:8:
    Board on CLE regulation live classroom requirement relaxed to allow all 24 CLE credits due during a reporting period to be taken online. (March 10 Notice).

  • Rule 3:5:
    Relaxed to temporarily remove the requirement that applications for search warrants and data warrants be delivered in person. (Directive #10-20) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:5-3:
    Relaxed to temporarily remove the requirement that the executed warrant be returned to the judge. The county prosecutor will retain the executed search warrant and provide information to the defendant. (Directive #10-20) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:5-5:
    Relaxed to temporarily remove the requirement that the return of an executed warrant and any inventory be delivered to the issuing judge. The county prosecutor will be responsible for inventory. (Directive #10-20) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:5-6:
    Relaxed to temporarily remove the requirement that the issuing judge fil documents with the criminal division manager’s office or the wiretap judge. (Directive #10-20) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:6:
    Relaxed and supplemented to enable a remote grand jury pilot program. (May 14 Notice) (May 28 Notice) .

  • Rule 3:6-3(a):
    Hearings to determine potential bias for grand jurors will be held remotely (May 14 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:6-3(b):
    Grand jury charge supplemented to accommodate remote grand jury proceedings. (May 14 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 4:4-1:
    Supplemented to extend the deadline for an issuance of a summons after a Track Assignment Notice from within 15 days to within 60 days for the time period between March 16 and April 26 (March 27 Notice) and from within 15 days to within 30 days for the time period between April 27 and May 31. (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 4:4-4(a)(7):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit electronic service of process by email on the State of NJ. (April 9 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 4:14:
    Extend time period for discovery (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:15:
    Extend time period for discovery (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:17:
    Extend time period for discovery (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:18:
    Extend time period for discovery (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:19:
    Discovery deadlines involving physical or mental examinations of persons shall be extended from March 15 through April 26 (March 27 Notice ); from April 27 through May 31 (April 24 Notice); and from May 31 through June 14 (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 4:21A-1(d):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of arbitration timeframes. (March 19 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:21A-4(d):
    Relaxed and supplemented to authorize arbitration proceedings to be conducted in a location other than the courthouse. (March 19 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:22:
    Extend time period for requests for admission through April 26 (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rules 4:24-l(a):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery deadlines (March 17 Notice) from March 27 through April 26 (March 27 Notice) and from April 27 through May 10, 2020. (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:24-l(c):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery deadlines (March 17 Notice) from March 17 through April 26 (March 27 Notice and from April 27 through May 10, 2020. (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 4:36-3:
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery timelines. (March 17 Notice) from March 17 through April 26 (March 27 Notice and from April 27 through May 10, 2020. (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 4:46-1:
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery deadlines for the additional period from April 27 through May 10, 2020; (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:74-7(c)(1):
    This rule was invoked in order to adjourn civil commitments. (March 17 Notice); (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 4:74-7A(b)(2):
    This rule was invoked in order to permit adjournments of civil commitment proceedings for adults and for minors based on the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19. (March 17 Notice); (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:86:
    Relaxed and supplemented. Hearings will proceed using remote options only (April 9 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 5:5-1(e):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit additional extension of additional discovery deadlines through April 26 (March 27 Notice). Extended through May 10 (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 5:5-5:
    Relaxed and supplement to permit the extension of matrimonial ESP timeframes; and to allow submissions to be sent directly to the panelists. (March 19 Notice); (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 5:5-6:
    Relaxed and supplemented to allow post-ESP events to proceed without the simultaneous entry of a court order. (March 19 Notice); (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 6:4-3:
    Extend time period for discovery in Special Civil Part matters (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 7:6-3:
    Relaxed and supplemented to remove the “undue hardship” requirement for allowing pleas by mail in the municipal courts. (March 16 Notice).

  • Rule 7:12-3:
    Relaxed and supplemented to remove the “undue hardship” requirement for allowing please by mail in the municipal courts. (March 16 Notice).

  • Rule 7:12-4:
    A new Violations Bureau Schedule was issued pursuant to this rule. (May 15 Notice) .

  • Rule 8:4-1(b):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (March 19 Notice).

  • Rule 8:4-1(a)(4):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (March 19 Notice).

  • Rule 8:4-1(a)(5):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (April 21 Notice).

  • Rule 8:4-3(a):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (March 19 Notice); (April 21 Notice).

  • Rule 8:4-3(b):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (March 19 Notice); (April 21 Notice).


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