If you have received an arraignment notice from the court entitled “Summons for Defendant,” you must appear at the district court to explain to the court why you have not performed your jury service.

  • The arraignment notice is sent by the court, not the Office of Jury Commissioner, to delinquent jurors who failed to appear at their Show Cause Hearing on the Application of Criminal Complaint.
  • If you have received an arraignment notice, you must resolve the matter with the court, not the Office of Jury Commissioner.

Who receives a Summons for Defendant (Arraignment) Notice?

  • If you failed to appear for a show cause hearing that was scheduled on an Application for Criminal Complaint that the Office of Jury Commissioner filed against you, you were defaulted, and the court issued a criminal complaint alleging non-performance of juror service against you.
  • The court will send, or may already have sent, a summons instructing you to appear for arraignment at the district court.
  • The summons to appear for arraignment is a notice from the court that states the date, time, and location of your arraignment. An arraignment is a court proceeding where the court reads to the accused the charge or allegation set out in the criminal complaint and enters a plea on behalf of the accused.
  • You are required to appear at the district court at the date, time, and location provided on the summons that the court sends you.
  • If you fail to appear at the district court for your arraignment, the court will likely enter a default against you and may issue a warrant for your arrest.

What can I do to resolve this situation?

  • If you resolve your delinquency prior to your arraignment by performing juror service or submitting to the Office of Jury Commissioner proof of a legitimate disqualification, we may be able to provide you with proof of your delinquency resolution so that you can bring it with you to your arraignment.
  • If you wish to resolve your delinquency by serving jury duty before your arraignment date, please call our Legal Department at 1-877-966-7469 between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday-Friday to reschedule your jury duty.
  • If you believe that you do not qualify for juror service, you must submit proof of a legitimate disqualification to the Office of Jury Commissioner.
  • However, neither performing jury duty nor submitting proof of a legitimate disqualification to the Office of Jury Commissioner will relieve you of your obligation to appear at the court for your arraignment. You must appear for your arraignment even if you do your jury duty or submit proof of a legitimate disqualification to the Office of Jury Commissioner. By serving or receiving a disqualification, however, you will be able to prove to the court that you have resolved your delinquency.
  • If you fail to appear for your arraignment, the court will likely enter a default against you and may issue a warrant for your arrest.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Jury Commissioner Legal Department at 1-877-966-7469 (or 617-338-6409 if calling from outside Massachusetts) between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday-Friday.


Office of Jury Commissioner for the Commonwealth
560 Harrison Avenue - Suite 600, Boston, Massachusetts 02118-2447
1-800-THE-JURY (1-800-843-5879)