Please read the two scenarios below to determine which one applies to you. Then follow the relevant instructions provided.
Unlike trial jurors who are brought into the courts of the Commonwealth each day of the week to begin their terms of trial juror service, most grand jury terms begin once every three months. Therefore, you may only postpone grand juror service to either January, April, July, or October. The specific date will be provided by the court and a notice will be issued as soon as the date for the convening of the grand jury in the month that you have selected becomes known.
Please note that the time within which you may postpone is limited to one year from the original summons date. If the month you request is not available, the court reserves the right to reschedule your service to a time that meets its needs.
SCENARIO #1: If you are requesting a postponement and you have not yet mailed back your Juror Confirmation Form (the Form). There is one option...
You may complete and mail the Juror Confirmation Form...
Step 1: Go to SECTION E on the Form (Page 3 at the bottom of your summons for juror service).
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Step 2: In the four blue boxes provided, write in the date to which you wish to postpone you service as follows: "MMYY" where MM is the two-digit month number, (containing leading zeros if necessary), and YY is the two-digit year, (containing leading zeros if necessary.) Example: If you want to postpone to the fictional date of January 2023, you would write the following in the blue boxes: 01 23. You are not required to give a reason for requesting a postponement.
Step 3: Go to SECTION A and place an X in the blue box.
Step 4: Go to SECTION H, date and sign the Form.
Step 5: Mail the Form back to us (no stamp is required).
SCENARIO #2: If you are requesting a postponement and do not have the Form, there are two options to choose from...
You may call us from within Massachusetts...
Call 1-800-THE-JURY (1-800-843-5879) and speak with one of our schedulers. They are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..
You may write to us...
Step 1: On the letter you send us, please make sure to include:
(1) your name;
(2) your Juror Identification number, which is located above your name on any document sent to you by the Office of Jury Commissioner;
(3) your mailing address;
(4) the date you were originally scheduled to serve; and
(5) the month and year you wish to postpone your service to.
Be sure to sign your request.
Step 2: Mail your request to...
OFFICE OF JURY COMMISSIONER
RE: POSTPONEMENT REQUEST
560 HARRISON AVENUE, SUITE 600
BOSTON, MA. 02118-2447
No matter which option you choose, you will receive a response to your request by mail in approximately two weeks.
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