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Request to defer your grand jury service

If the date you've been summoned to grand jury service for is inconvenient, you can defer your service to another date.

Office of Jury Commissioner

Phone

Juror helpline (toll-free in Massachusetts) (800) 843-5879

Monday-Friday 9 am - 4:30 pm

Delinquent jurors (877) 966-7469
From outside Massachusetts (617) 338-6409

The Details

What you need

You can defer your grand jury service to a different date within 12 months of your original date. You can defer your service to January, April, July, or October, since most grand juries only meet during those months.  

There are 2 ways you can defer your service.

How to request

You can pick your new grand jury duty date online and get instant confirmation at the Massachusetts Juror Service website. The website includes an interactive calendar that will give you a choice of all available dates up to a year from your scheduled date. 

  • Available dates are white. 
  • Unavailable dates are gray with an "X." If the calendar doesn't display any available dates, this means that none of the dates in your service period are available, and you'll need to email or call the OJC for help.

If the date you want is available, you'll be automatically approved after submitting your response, although it may take up to 24 hours for the new date to appear on the website.  

 

To pick your new grand jury duty date by mail, complete Sections 3A and 3B of the Grand Juror Confirmation Form that's attached to your summons and send it to the address provided.

Contact

Address

560 Harrison Ave., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02118

Phone

Juror helpline (toll-free in Massachusetts) (800) 843-5879

Monday-Friday 9 am - 4:30 pm

Delinquent jurors (877) 966-7469
From outside Massachusetts (617) 338-6409

Fax

(617) 422-5869

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