NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's courts are not immune to the novel cornonavirus, it seems.

On Thursday, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced the New Jersey court system will be suspending all new jury trials "until further notice" amid concerns over the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Jury trials already in progress will continue. Grand juries will continue pending further communication with county prosecutors and the attorney general, Rabner said.

Court vicinages will take immediate steps to stagger schedules for landlord/tenant, small claims, and other non-jury court proceedings to avoid bringing together large numbers of people in confined areas.

The Judiciary also announced it will take the following steps:

  • Preparing to conduct motions, non-jury trials and some hearings remotely, with the use of video and telephonic equipment
  • All out-of-state work travel by Judiciary staff has been suspended
  • Discretionary training that does not impact the functions of staff has been suspended
  • Non-essential events, such as student tours, are cancelled
  • Conferences and committee meetings are being held via video

Rabner's statement didn't mention what the decision will mean for people currently serving on jury duty. But in an FAQ sheet , court administrators said that jurors should report to jury duty... unless they're sick.

"Jurors who are ill should contact their local jury office to reschedule their service," court administrators wrote.

Persons subject to court supervision – whether it be probation, pretrial monitoring, drug court or any other supervision – should continue to comply with reporting requirements, officials said.

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