Essex County Courts


Daily Call-In Message


Telephone Standby: All trial jurors are on standby and report to the courthouse when instructed to do so by means of a recorded message. The recorded message will refer to you by juror number. Please report promptly at the time indicated in the message. The telephone call-in number is 1-800-815-3217.

Parking: From the North: Take Route 9 North to Elizabethtown. Proceed past the Government Center which will be on your left. Take the first left past Hubbard Hall which leads to the County parking lot. Proceed to the front entrance of the new Courthouse.

From the South: Take Route 9 South to Elizabethtown. Proceed through the caution light to the top of the hill. Take a right at the top of the hill just before Hubbard Hall which leads to the County parking lot. Proceed to the front entrance of the new Courthouse.


Absence/Emergency: If an illness or emergency prevents you from reporting, please call (518)873-3377 or (518)873-3375.

Court Hours: Court normally operates from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with a lunch recess. There are brief recesses throughout the day based upon the discretion of the Judge. Court sessions do not often continue beyond 5:00 p.m., except for extraordinary circumstances.

Court Security: All persons and packages entering the court facility are subject to magnetometer and x-ray screening. Weapons of any kind and all sharp or dangerous instruments, including knives and scissors, are not permitted. Any use of video/audio recording equipment, including video/audio capable cell phone/smart phones, is strictly prohibited.


Dress Code: Please dress in a manner respectful to the Court. No shorts, cut-offs, halters, tank tops, etc.

Meals: All meals are your own responsibility. You are free to bring your own lunch. Vending machines are located in the basement of the new Courthouse (near the Motor Vehicle Department). There are several eateries within walking distance. No food or drink is allowed in the courtrooms.

Verification of Attendance: Upon request, a voucher will be provided. The voucher will provide information regarding the date of appearance and times of appearance and dismissal.

Jury Pay: By New York State Law, the daily pay rate for jurors is $40.00. Jurors who are employed and who receive regular wages while they are serving as jurors are not entitled to payment from the Court system unless they serve on a regularly scheduled day off.

Judiciary Law 519. Right of juror to be absent from employment: Any person who is summoned to serve as a juror under the provisions of this article and who notifies his or her employer to that effect prior to the commencement of a term of service shall not, on account of absence from employment by reason of such jury service, be subject to discharge or penalty. An employer may, however, withhold wages of any such employee serving as a juror during the period of such service, provided that an employer who employs more than ten employees shall not withhold the first forty dollars of such jurors daily wages during the first three days of jury service. Withholding of wages in accordance with this section shall not be deemed a penalty. Violation of this section shall constitute a criminal contempt of court punishable pursuant to section seven hundred fifty of this chapter.


For help figuring out how the rules apply to your individual circumstances, you can use the chart: Juror's Fees