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 second season of 12 episodes was originally broadcast in the fall and winter of 2015/2016.


Executive Producer: Pamela J. Wood, Jury Commissioner for the Commonwealth
Producer: Michael Ryan, Communications Coordinator, Office of Jury Commissioner
Directors: Cullen Cockrell, Theji Jayaratne, and David Palomares, Boston Neighborhood Network
Studio Manager: David Palomares, Boston Neighborhood Network
Project Manager / Editor: Gregory W.R. Fulchino, Office of Jury Commissioner

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

Copyright 2015 / 2016 [Episodes 01-11 / Episode 12] – Office of Jury Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts



EPISODE 01: Famous Jury Trials And Women Serving As Jurors

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Professor Alan Rogers, Boston College

Professor Rogers, a legal historian, discusses famous jury trials in Massachusetts, such as the Boston Massacre trials and Sacco and Vanzetti. He also details the long effort needed to allow women to serve as jurors in the Commonwealth..  

  • Transcript: 

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    • PDF version pdf format of JURY-DUTY- S02-EP01-Video-Transcript.pdf

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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 = 24:42


EPISODE 02: The Voir Dire Pilot Program

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Judge Maynard Kirpalani, Superior Court, and Mark Lee, Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County

Judge Maynard Kirpalani and Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Mark Lee discuss the Voir Dire Pilot Program, where attorneys in the Superior Court are allowed in some cases to question potential jurors during impanelment. 

  • 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 = 26:38


EPISODE 03: The Juror Call Center

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Jennifer Shaw, Operations Manager, and Richard Graham, Field Support Analyst, Office of Jury Commissioner

Ms. Shaw and Mr. Graham explain the Office’s customer service operations. 

  • 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 = 26:38


EPISODE 04: The Jury Management Advisory Committee - Overseeing The Jury System

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Judge Robert Rufo, Superior Court and Chairman of the Jury Management Advisory Committee

Judge Rufo details the role of the JMAC in overseeing the jury system in the Commonwealth and shares his many experiences working with jurors and jury trials in the Superior Court. 

  • 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 = 23:54


EPISODE 05: The Deaf Juror Project / The Juror Public Outreach Program

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Part I – Heidi Reed, Commissioner for the Mass. Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Hearing Impaired; Denise Martinez, Trained and Court-Certified ASL Interpreter / Part II - Pamela J. Wood, Jury Commissioner

In Part I, Commissioner Reed tells about the Deaf Juror Project, a cooperative effort of the Office of Jury Commissioner and MCDHH, which allows deaf and hard of hearing residents to serve as jurors.  In Part II, Commissioner Wood and Mr. Ryan explain what the Juror Public Outreach Program is and what services are available free-of-charge to educational and civic organizations. 

  • 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 = 23:57


EPISODE 06: Juror Impanelment

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Kelli Porges, Committee for Public Counsel Services, and Assistant District Attorney John Pappas, Suffolk County

A look at both sides of the impanelment process: how the defense and prosecuting attorneys approach impaneling jurors on a case. 

  • 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 = 24:22


EPISODE 07: Juries And the Boston Municipal Court

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo, Boston Municipal Court

Justice Ronquillo shares his many experiences working with jurors and jury trials in the Boston Municipal Court.  He also talks about the importance of the BMC 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 = 19:17


EPISODE 08: Juror System Innovations Across The United States

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Paula Hannaford-Agor, Director of the Center for Jury Studies, National Center for State Courts

Ms. Hannaford-Agor offers her perspectives on juror reform and juror service in the United States and talks about innovations that are making juror service more efficient and "user-friendly". 

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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 = 25:27


EPISODE 09: Serving As A Juror

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Former jurors Elizabeth Marini and Luis Cardoso

Two former jurors discuss their experiences of being summonsed and serving as jurors. 

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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 = 19:43


EPISODE 10: Trial Court Service Centers

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Shareice Perry, Senior Manager of Support Services, Massachusetts Trial Court

Ms. Perry discusses why the Court Service Centers were created and how the public will benefit from using them.  She also explains how these walk-in Centers work. 

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Length = 25:31


EPISODE 11: The Access To Justice Program

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Erika Rickard, Access to Justice Coordinator, Massachusetts Trial Court

Ms. Rickard explains why the Access To Justice Program was created, it’s mission, and the many initiatives it has launched. 

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Length = 17:32


EPISODE 12: Juries And The Housing Court

Host: Michael Ryan, Office of Jury Commissioner
Guest: Judge Jeffrey Winik, Housing Court

Judge Winik shares his many experiences working with jurors and jury trials in the Housing Court.  He also talks about the importance of the Housing 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 = 26:24