Niagara County Jury Information

URGENT UPDATES

1)  Notice from the Commissioner of Jurors re: Coronavirus and Flu

In light of public health concerns arising over the coronavirus, please note the following:

If you have been summoned for jury duty, beginning on March 16th, March 23rd, March 30th -- 

  • Please do not appear at the courthouse.  Your service has been suspended at this time.  You will hear from us in the future with another date for service.

If you have been summoned for grand jury duty to start on April 1st -- 

  • Please do not appear at the courthouse.  ***Your jury service has been fully canceled.  Your service is considered complete and you do not need to report for service.  You will receive six years of "service credit".  You may discard the summons forms that you received and there is nothing further that you must do at this time.  Thank you for being available and for your willingness to participate in our system of justice.***

 

If you are a grand juror currently serving on the March grand jury that started on March 4th -- 

  • Your service is currently suspended, BUT you will receive notification from the Niagara County District Attorney's office regarding if/when you should report for service. 

 

2)  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 NOT currently physically 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.

Please, contact your local Commissioner of Jurors Office with further questions. 

 

Phone Number:  (716) 280-6450

Email:  NiagaraJury@nycourts.gov

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

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 Trial Jurors (red summons):  You are on standby.  Jury 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 (716) 280-6455 to hear a recorded message.

Grand Juror (blue summons form)City Court Juror (also red summons form) and 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)

March 16, 23, 30, 2020 -- NYS Supreme/Niagara County Court - see #1 above in "URGENT UPDATES"

March 4, 2020 --  Niagara County Grand Jury - see #1 above in "URGENT UPDATES"

April 1, 2020 --  Niagara County Grand Jury - see #1 above in "URGENT UPDATES"

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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.  Meals are provided only to deliberating 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

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 listings.  In the event of a 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