Jury Duty: You Make A Difference, is a series designed to inform the public about how the jury system works in Massachusetts.  It was produced by the Office of Jury Commissioner and originally was broadcast on the Boston Neighborhood Network in the first half of 2015.  The original 12-episode series was produced with a Trial Court Innovation Grant, thanks to the generous support of the Massachusetts Trial Court.


Executive Producer: Pamela J. Wood, Jury Commissioner for the Commonwealth
Producer: Michael Ryan, Communications Coordinator, Office of Jury Commissioner
Director: Cullen Cockrell, Boston Neighborhood Network
Studio Manager: David Palomares, Boston Neighborhood Network

Produced in association with the Boston Neighborhood Network, 3025 Washington Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119.

©Copyright 2015 – Office of Jury Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts



EPISODE 01: The Jury System In Massachusetts

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Pamela J. Wood, Jury Commissioner for the Commonwealth

Jury Commissioner Pamela Wood explains how the jury system works in Massachusetts, the major benefits of the One-Trial Jury System, and the importance of performing jury service. She also details the practices that established Massachusetts as a leader in jury innovation.  

Length = 25:25


EPISODE 02: In The Jury Pool

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Assistant Chief Court Officer Henry Cordero, Jury Pool Officer, Suffolk Superior Court, Boston

Veteran jury pool officer Henry Cordero talks about working with jurors in the busiest jury pool in the Commonwealth and what jurors can expect when they report for jury service. 

  • Transcript:

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    • PDF version pdf format of JURY-DUTY- S01-EP01-Video-Transcript.pdf

    • Large-Type version pdf format of JURY-DUTY- S01-EP01-Video-Transcript-Large-Type.pdf

      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 25:39


EPISODE 03: The Workings Of The Jury System

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: John W. Cavanaugh, Deputy Jury Commissioner

Deputy Jury Commissioner John Cavanaugh manages the deployment of jurors to over 60 court locations across the Commonwealth. He discusses how the OJC ensures sufficient numbers of diverse and representative jurors while controlling summoning costs.

  • Transcript:

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      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 24:53


EPISODE 04: Juries And The Juvenile Court

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Judge Gloria Tan, Juvenile Court Department

Judge Tan details the roles of juries in Juvenile Court trials. She talks about the importance of Juvenile Courts and the communities they serve, and the role of juries in the Juvenile Court system.

  • Transcript:

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      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 24:45


EPISODE 05: Juries And The District Court

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Judge Matthew Nestor, Chelsea District Court

Judge Nestor shares his many experiences working with jurors and jury trials in the District Court.  He also talks about the importance of District Courts and the communities they serve.

  • Transcript:

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      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 23:33


EPISODE 06: How The Jury System Operates

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Jennifer Shaw, Operations Manager, Office of Jury Commissioner

Ms. Shaw explains the different ways people summoned can respond to their summons and the options people have, such as postponements, hardship transfers, and disqualifications.  She also explains what happens after they respond and what to expect.

  • Transcript:

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      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 24:34


EPISODE 07: Juror Delinquency

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Kara Houghton Esq., Legal Counsel, Office of the Jury Commissioner

Ms. Houghton explains why it is very important that someone summoned for juror service respond to the summons and the legal consequences for not doing so. She also explains how jurors can get classified as “Delinquent,” what legal ramifications are, and how the delinquency can be resolved.

  • Transcript:

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      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 21:36


EPISODE 08: How The Grand Jury Works

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Paul Treseler, Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County

Assistant District Attorney Treseler explains how the Grand Jury system works, and emphasizes the crucial role of grand juries in the dispensation of justice.

  • Transcript:

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      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 22:03


EPISODE 09: Federal vs. State Jury Systems

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Federal District Court Judge William G. Young and Jury Administrator James McAlear, U.S. District Court, Boston

Federal District Court Judge William G. Young and Federal Jury Administrator James McAlear give a tour of Federal jury duty service and explain the differences between Federal juror service and state juror service.

  • Transcript:

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      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 26:46


EPISODE 10: Overview Of The Court System

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, Supreme Judicial Court

The Chief Justice discusses the role of the Supreme Judicial Court, the history of jury system in America, what makes a good juror, the problems social media present, and the judge’s role in a jury trial.  He also relates some experiences from his days as a Superior Court Judge.

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      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 21:16


EPISODE 11: Juries And The Superior Court

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Judge Peter M. Lauriat, Superior Court Department

Judge Lauriat shares his many experiences working with jurors and jury trials in the Superior Court.  He also talks about the importance of Superior Courts and the communities they serve.

  • Transcript:

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      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 24:34


EPISODE 12: The Jury Service Website / How The Master Juror Lists Are Created

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Gregory W.R. Fulchino, Jury Census Manager / Webmaster, Office of Jury Commissioner

Mr. Fulchino explains how jurors are selected and how the annual Master Juror Lists are compiled.  He also points out the many interactive and informational features available on the Office of Jury Commissioner’s website, MAjury.gov.

  • Transcript:

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    • Large-Type version pdf format of JURY-DUTY- S01-EP12-Video-Transcript-Large-Type.pdf

      • SPECIAL NOTE: This Large-Type Edition is presented using the APHfont, created by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Length = 26:33