The Supreme Court by Notice and Order dated May, 14, 2020 authorized a pilot program for virtual (video) grand jury sessions, starting in Bergen and Mercer counties. Grand jurors in the pilot program are administered a supplement to the standard grand jury charge and required to swear or affirm a supplement to the secrecy oath regarding participation in virtual (video) grand jury proceedings. In furtherance of exploring this virtual option for grand juries to convene during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Supreme Court has modified the parameters of the pilot program so as to eliminate the requirement that cases can only be presented to a grand jury convening remotely if the defendant has consented to proceeding remotely.
/s/ Hon. Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Dated: June 8, 2020