Jury Questionnaire FAQs
What if I have additional questions regarding my Juror Qualification Form?
You may email your Federal Court location (determined by the return address on the top part of the questionnnaire) at the following email addresses:
Camden : email@example.com
Newark : firstname.lastname@example.org
Trenton : email@example.com
What if I have a financial or personal hardship?
Question #14 covers our official excuse categories. If it does not cover your particular hardship, you may indicate your hardship on the reverse side of the questionnaire in the remarks section. If you have a medical hardship, a doctors note is required.
I have previously served jury duty and was advised that I would not have to serve for at least 2 more years. Why am I being called to serve again?
This court only considers Federal Service within the last 2 years as a valid excuse. However if you have served at the state or county level, within the past 6 months, we will postpone your service for 6 months, if a written request is submitted with proof of previous service. Proof of service should be a letter from the court or pay stub. A copy of the summons does not constitute proof of service.
What if I am a full time college student?
Please fill out the form completely, and in the remarks section, please note that you are a full time college student, the name of the college/university/school you are attending and your anticipated graduation date. Being a full time college student is not an exemption from service, however, if qualified, the Court will work with you on serving your jury duty.
What if the intended recipient of the questionnaire is deceased?
Please fill out the remarks section on the back of the form and indicate "deceased" and sign the form with your name, and relationship to the decedant. Please forward any documentation that you deem necessary.
What are the penalties for not responding to the Juror Qualification Questionnaire?
Failure to return the form at this time will result in the issuance of a summons for you to appear in court to complete the questionnaire. Thereafter, the penalty for failure to respond may include a fine of not more than $1000.00 or imprisonment of not more than 3 days, or both pursuant to Title 28, U.S.C. Section 1866.
What if there are 2 people in my household with the same name? How can I tell who should fill out the questionnaire?
You may call the Jury Department in your division to verify the social security number. Please be advised we will not be able to give you the numbers, as we can only confirm or deny the last 4 digits that you supply.
I received a form with no date, when am I expected to serve?
The form you received is a juror qualification questionnaire. If the Court deems you qualified to serve as a juror, you will receive a summons for service with an appearance date, time, reporting and calling instructions. You may receive this summons within the next two years.
Why must I serve in (Camden, Newark or Trenton)?
The United States District Court is the Federal Court. It is considered one district, the District of New Jersey with three vicinages (Camden, Newark, and Trenton). Each vicinage has jurisdication over the following Counties:
Camden : Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic
Newark : Essex, Sussex, Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Union, Middlesex, Hudson, Northern Middlesex (North of the raritan River)
Trenton : Mercer, Ocean, Southern Middlesex (South of the Raritan River), Monmouth, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren
Your full time county residence determines where you will serve.