Jury Management Advisory Committee Report and Recommendations
On July 31, 2020, the Jury Management Advisory Committee (JMAC) of the Supreme Judicial Court submitted its Report and Recommendations to on the Resumption of Jury Trials in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court.
Jury trials in Massachusetts state courts have been postponed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The justices of the SJC asked the Committee to provide guidance on how to recommence jury trials in Massachusetts courts, and the JMAC report responded to that mandate.
The Committee consulted with public health officials, bar associations, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and others in developing their report, which sought to balance the need to resume jury trials with the need to protect the health and safety of jurors, litigants, lawyers, court personnel and the public.
The Committee's comprehensive report included recommendations for a phased resumption of jury trials, and outlined recommended practices for each phase.
Response to Public Comments on the JMAC Report
On September 1, 2020, the JMAC submitted to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court a Response to Public Comments on the Report of the Jury Management Advisory Committee on the Resumption of Jury Trials in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Before acting on the report, the SJC invited public comments on the proposed recommendations. Comments were accepted by the court through August 14, 2020. Read the public comments submitted to the court.
Jury Management Advisory Committee
The JMAC, a statutory committee made up of six judges, advises the SJC and the Jury Commissioner on issues relating to juries.