- How do I respond to my summons?
- How can I get directions to the court?
- Why do I have to complete the Confidential Juror Questionnaire?
- What is the purpose of the Demographic Survey and its questions about race and ethnicity?
- Why does the Demographic Survey ask a separate question about Hispanics and Latinos?
How do I respond to my summons?
There are several ways you can respond to your summons. You can
- Respond online at MAjury.gov using the Badge Number and PIN on your summons or Reminder Notice (please note that responding online provides you with the quickest response, and the system is available 24/7)
- Complete and mail the Juror Confirmation Form at the bottom of your summons
- Contact the OJC Call Center at 1-800-THE-JURY (1-800-843-5879) (in Massachusetts only)
- Out-of-state callers ONLY should call (617) 338-6409
How can I get directions to the court?
Directions to every courthouse are available online at juryduty.MAjury.gov . Select “Find Courthouse” on the left side of the screen, select the courthouse and click on “View.” You will see the address, phone number and a photo of the courthouse. By clicking on “Get Maps and Driving Directions,” you’ll be redirected to Google Maps where you can enter your home address and get door-to-door directions. Directions and parking information are also included in the Reminder Notice, mailed to all scheduled jurors shortly before their service date.
Why do I have to complete the Confidential Juror Questionnaire?
The Confidential Juror Questionnaire (CJQ) is used to assist the court and the parties to decide if you would be a suitable juror on a particular case. It is designed to protect jurors’ privacy while providing sufficient information to ensure that a fair and impartial jury is selected. The CJQs of those who are not seated on a jury are destroyed, usually within 24 hours of jury service. The CJQs of the seated jurors are kept in a sealed envelope with the clerk’s copy of the court papers, and are kept in a secure location by the Clerk’s Office, to be destroyed when they are no longer needed.
What is the purpose of the Demographic Survey and its questions about race and ethnicity?
The Office of Jury Commissioner is required by law to collect demographic information from all those summoned for juror service in order to ensure the jury pool is appropriately representative of the diversity of the judicial district. The survey is modeled on the survey used in the Federal court system. The information is collected for statistical use only, not for association with a specific juror. Rather, it is used as a benchmark against census data to ensure that Massachusetts jury pools fairly reflect the composition of the communities from which they are drawn. Everyone who receives a summons is required to complete the Demographic Survey, even if they are disqualified or their service is ultimately cancelled.
Why does the Demographic Survey ask a separate question about Hispanics and Latinos?
Shouldn’t that be part of the question on race?
“Hispanic/Latino” is not considered to be a racial classification, but rather a distinct cultural self-identifier. There are whites, blacks, and others who identify themselves as “Hispanic” or “Latino,” and the courts have determined that these groups must be properly represented in the jury pool to ensure fair trials. You are required by law to answer both questions.