Welcome! We hope you are finding useful information as you explore the official website of the Office of Jury Commissioner for the Commonwealth.
The OJC is the judicial branch agency that oversees the random selection of a diverse and representative group of citizens to perform jury service and assist in the administration of justice. Every week, several thousand citizens report to the dozens of jury courts across Massachusetts to serve. “Jury service” is not just sitting on a jury, however – making yourself available at the courthouse, and standing ready to assist on a civil or criminal case if needed, are also necessary aspects of jury service. Those who appear for service are disqualified for three years after serving just like those who sit on a jury.
The OJC does much more than issue summonses, though. We have an active outreach program and can provide you with educational materials, copies of our video, and speakers and presentations to explain the importance of our jury system and your role in it. We work with the courts constantly to improve the jury duty experience for citizens, and would welcome your comments and suggestions on our Juror Feedback Survey. We pursue all those who have failed to complete their juror service through our Delinquent Juror Prosecution Program, to ensure that all eligible citizens meet their obligation and exercise their privilege to participate in the administration of justice.
Jury service is both an obligation and a privilege, as well as a right of all citizens that is guaranteed by our Constitution. Other than military service, it is the only time your government will call on you to serve to defend our Constitutional freedoms. Jury service is truly “government by the people,” in that ordinary citizens are entrusted with the responsibility for making legal decisions that are otherwise reserved to the government: who will go free and who will lose their liberty, who will pay or receive large sums of money, who will keep or lose their property. It is a tremendous responsibility, and those who are lucky enough to be impaneled on a jury almost uniformly agree that it is one of the most fascinating and empowering experiences of their lives.
I thank you for your interest in the jury system and the workings of the Office of Jury Commissioner, and thank you for your service.