Niagara County Jury Information

URGENT UPDATES

1)  Notice regarding jury office operations

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns and the NYS Unified Court System's effort to reduce traffic in courthouses statewide, please know that the Niagara County office of the Commissioner of Jurors is limitedly staffed.  To reach the Commissioner of Jurors, you are encouraged to send an e-mail to NiagaraJury@nycourts.gov.  Please accept our apologies for any delayed replies, but we will reply as soon as it is feasible to do so.  You may also call the jury office at (716) 280-6450, but again, the office is limitedly staffed and your call may not be able to be answered immediately.  If this occurs, please simply call again a few minutes later.

2)  The NYS Unified Court System would like to assure you that your health and safety remain a top priority for us as we resume essential court operations, including jury service.

 

What to Expect When You Appear:

  • Regular deep cleaning of court facilities with enhanced cleaning of commonly used areas

  • Limited people in courthouse

  • Mandatory use of face masks by court personnel and court visitors

    • Please bring your own mask/face covering

  • Plexiglass barriers may be present at various locations (i.e. magnetometers, x-ray machines, assembly room desks)

  • Indicators, like blue tape, may be present in public areas to ensure physical distance of at least 6 feet (to meet social distancing standards)

  • Hand sanitizer for all court visitors

 

Please note the following:

  • Commissioner of Jurors will continue to provide jurors with public wi-fi.

  • Bring your own pen/pencil and take it with you when you leave.

  • Bring your own books/magazines/electronic devices and charges.

  • Jurors may bring their own resealable beverage and snack or food that does not require refrigeration.

 

3)  Please be aware of identity theft scams

The New York State Court System never asks for a juror's financial or family information.  Do not give this kind of information to anyone claiming to represent the court.  If you receive a suspicious request, contact the Commissioner of Jurors.

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Summons form types and instructions:

Supreme/County, City Trial Jurors (red summons), Grand Juror (blue summons form):  You are on standby.  Juror alert message instructions are issued after 6:00p.m. on the last business day before a person's service date.  Instructions are updated at 6:00p.m. daily, until the term of service is complete.  Juror alert message instructions may be found below OR you may call the number showing in the Section C instructions of your summons to hear a voice recorded message.

Town/VIllage Juror (yellow summons form):  You MUST read Section C of your summons form for your specific instructions.

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JUROR ALERT MESSAGE - STANDBY REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS

(These instructions are updated daily at 6:00 PM)

December 2, 2020 --  Niagara County Grand Jury - Please carefully read this entire message.

Jurors with #s G1 - G350:  your jury services are now complete.  You do not need to report for service, nor check this message again.  You will receive 6 years of service credit just for being available and for following these instructions.  No further action is required on your part.

Thank you again for your service to the NYS Unified Court System.  It has been truly appreciated and please accept our personal best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.

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General Information

Absence or Emergency:  If illness or emergency prevents you from reporting, please call us at (716) 280-6450 after 8:30a.m. on the day you are to report

Court Hours:  Court normally operates from 9:00a.m.--4:30p.m. with a lunch hour and breaks throughout the day.  Court sessions rarely continue beyond 5:00p.m.  The Commissioner of Jurors office is open Monday - Friday, from 8:00a.m. -- 5:00p.m.

Accessibility:  If you have a disability and need accommodation, call (716) 280-6450 or 1-800-662-1220 for relay calls.

Electronics:  Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used in the Jury Assembly Room and other waiting areas.  They must be turned off during jury selection and trial.  There is public access WiFi in the County Courthouse.

Meals:  There is a mid-day lunch break everyday.  Several area restaurants are available within a short walking or driving distance.  Please ask court staff for suggestions if you are not familiar with the area.  If you prefer, you may also bring your lunch, but refrigeration is NOT available.  Meals are provided only to deliberating trial jurors.  All other meals are the responsibility of the jurors.

Parking/Transportation:  The court does not pay for transportation fares, parking fees or parking violations.  Reporting jurors are discouraged from parking at meters as court schedules may not permit you to replenish the meter.  Please arrive early to locate a proper parking space.

Security:  Court Officers are stationed throughout the court.  Members of the public must pass through a magnetometer to enter.  Please arrive early and allow extra time for this process.

Weather and Emergency Closings:  Jurors are instructed to check local radio/television outlets.  In the event of an emergency facility closing, information will be posted on the juror alert message phone line, main office line and this website as soon as it becomes available.

Supreme/County Court Locations

Niagara County Courthouse

175 Hawley Street

Lockport NY 14094

or 

Angelo Delsignore Civil Building

775 Third Street

Niagara Falls NY 14301

Grand Jurors follow instructions on your summons

Town/Village Jurors check your summons for instructions and reporting address

Commissioner of Jurors

Christopher A. Pannozzo

Rebecca J. Wydysh

Deputy Commissioner

Niagara County Courthouse

Third Floor

175 Hawley Street

Lockport, NY 14094

Phone: 716-280-6450

Fax: 716-280-6457

Hours are Monday to Friday  8am - 5pm

Email the Commissioner:

niagarajury@nycourts.gov