As New Jersey’s judiciary finds itself engulfed in a public policy debate over virtual grand juries, court officials have declared that some documents that could shed light on the dispute are off-limits.

The judiciary is declining requests to release evaluations of its virtual grand jury program that were completed by jurors. Its virtual grand jury program, in which jurors participate from home over computers or tablets via Zoom, has faced criticism ever since it was announced in May. The state’s nondisclosure stance on the records requests raises questions about whether providing the documents would help settle the debate.

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