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Respond to a jury duty arraignment notice

If you've received a jury duty arraignment notice from the court called Summons for Defendant, find out how to resolve your delinquency.

Massachusetts Court System

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What you need

If you didn't appear for your show cause hearing that was scheduled on the Application for Criminal Complaint you received in the mail, you'll receive an arraignment notice in the mail. You'll need to appear at the district court to explain why you haven't performed your jury service.

If you resolve your delinquency before the arraignment, the Office of Jury Commissioner (OJC) may be able to give you proof of your delinquency resolution so you can bring it to your arraignment. You can resolve your delinquency by either rescheduling jury duty by calling the Legal Department at (877) 966-7469 or by submitting proof that you're disqualified to the OJC. 

 

How to respond

Even if you resolve your delinquency before the arraignment, you still need to appear for your arraignment at the date, time, and location listed on your notice. The court will read you the charge set out in the criminal complaint and enter a plea on your behalf. You should bring proof of your delinquency resolution with you if you have it. 

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If you don't appear at the district court for your arraignment, the court will likely enter a default against you and may issue a warrant for your arrest.

Contact

Online

Contact your court for more information. Court Locations 

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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