The warrant is issued by the court, not the Office of Jury Commissioner, against delinquent jurors who failed to appear at their arraignments. 

  • If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you must resolve the matter with the court, not the Office of Jury Commissioner.

Why was a warrant issued against me?

  • If you failed to appear at the district court at the date, time, and location provided on the summons for arraignment that the court sent to you, the court likely entered a default against you and issued a warrant for your arrest.
  • This means that there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest.
  • If there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are subject to arrest at any time.

How do I resolve this situation without being arrested?

  • District Courts have different default removal procedures, so you should call the Clerk Magistrate’s office at the district court that issued the warrant for instructions on how to request a default removal and warrant recall.
    • You may go directly to the Clerk Magistrate’s office at the district court that issued the warrant to request a default removal and warrant recall.
    • However, you will only be able to request a default removal and warrant recall during the court’s regular business hours, Monday through Friday (except holidays).
    • Generally, courts require all persons for whom warrants are outstanding to appear before a judge in order to have a warrant recalled.
    • This process usually begins by appearing at the court’s Clerk Magistrate’s office and requesting a default removal and warrant recall. It is not uncommon to be referred to the Probation Department as part of this process. Court personnel must gather information about the person for whom the warrant is outstanding to present to the judge in the courtroom.
  • Unless and until such time as you request removal of the default and recall of the warrant, the entry of default will stand and the warrant issued by the court will remain outstanding. 
  • As such, you may be subject to arrest at any time
  • Moreover, while a warrant remains outstanding, there could be additional consequences, including suspension of your driver’s license by the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
  • If you believe that you do not qualify for jury duty, you should bring proof of your disqualification with you to the court when requesting a removal of the default and recall of the warrant. You should also send a copy of your proof of disqualification to the Office of Jury Commissioner.
  • 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.

If there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest
because of your failure to perform jury duty, 
please give the matter your immediate attention.



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