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If you have received a notice from the Office of Jury Commissioner (OJC) that you have missed your jury service, you should immediately contact the OJC Legal Department at 1-877-9NO-SHOW (1-877-966-7469) to resolve your delinquency.
What are the Stages in the Delinquency Process?
The Delinquent Juror Prosecution Program
- The Delinquent Juror Prosecution Program (DJPP) was created pursuant to the direction of the Supreme Judicial Court in Commonwealth v. Tolentino, 422 Mass. 515 (1996)
. In addition to ensuring compliance with the obligation of jury service, the DJPP serves two important purposes:
- Enhancing the Diversity of the Jury Pool. The DJPP helps ensure that the jury pool is as diverse and representative of the community from which it is drawn as possible.
- Increasing Juror Yield. By pursuing every person who fails to perform jury service, the OJC is able to increase the number of people who appear for jury duty.
- The OJC pursues and, if necessary, prosecutes every person who wrongfully fails to complete perform their jury service, either by failing to respond to a summons, responding but failing to appear for service, or by appearing at the courthouse but failing to complete their service and be dismissed by the court.
- Massachusetts has the most complete and comprehensive program for pursuing delinquent jurors of any jurisdiction in the country. As a result, Massachusetts juries are considered to be among the most diverse and representative in the nation.
Office of Jury Commissioner for the Commonwealth
560 Harrison Avenue - Suite 600, Boston, Massachusetts 02118-2447