The Framers of the Constitution considered both the right to a jury trial and the performance of juror service as sacred and necessary to preserve individual freedom. Juror service was, and still is, viewed as a duty and privilege of citizenship, and as a necessary check against government use of the courts to wrongly convict the innocent. Currently fifty-eight Massachusetts courts use jurors in the fourteen judicial districts (counties).
Overview of the nation's first one-day/one-trial jury system, in which jurors complete service in one day or serve for the duration of a single trial.
You may be summonsed as either a trial juror or grand juror.
- A trial jury consists of 6 or 12 jurors, plus alternates, brought together to listen to evidence presented by both the prosecution and defense in the matter of a criminal proceeding,or plaintiff and defendant in a civil trial. The result of a trial jury's deliberations is a verdict: the determination of guilt, or a finding for the plaintiff or defendant in a civil case. Prospective jurors are advised to set aside three days in the event they are impaneled on a trial, although eighty-five percent of those who appear for service complete it in just one day.
- A grand jury consists of 23 jurors who listen to evidence presented by the prosecutor. Its role is to consider this evidence, then decide if it rises to a level sufficient to indict (bring a criminal charge against) a person or corporation. The grand jury does not decide the guilt or innocence of the accused; rather, it decides if there is probable cause to bring the accused to trial.
This website will help you respond to your summons for juror service online, and will also allow you to make changes or request assistance. It will help you determine if you are qualified to serve as a juror.
Juror information telephone number
The toll-free Juror Information Telephone Number is: 1-800-THE-JURY [1-800-843-5879] (accessible from within Massachusetts only). You will immediately be given the option of speaking with one of our telephone operators or navigating a pre-recorded message tree in English or Spanish. This message tree is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while the schedulers are available every business day between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Those who are hearing impaired and have TTY devices are invited to call, toll-free, 1-800-328-3202.
Alphabetical listing of courts, providing name, address, telephone and fax numbers, directions, and accessibility information.