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The Office of Jury Commissioner (OJC) doesn't have access to all the information that could disqualify you from service, such as citizenship records, Social Security Numbers, and medical information, so it's possible to get a summons even if you're not qualified for service. A potential juror's situations can also change from year to year, so it's possible that you could be qualified for jury duty one year but not the next, or vice versa.
There are a few different reasons you might be disqualified from performing jury service. Find out if you're eligible to serve and what you should do if you're disqualified.
To serve as a Massachusetts juror, you must:
Unless you meet the requirements of one of these ten statutory reasons, the OJC has no authority to disqualify you from service. However, when you report for jury duty at the courthouse, a judge may excuse you from service if you can explain why sitting on a jury would be a hardship for you.
There are 10 reasons why you would be disqualified from serving jury duty. You are disqualified from service if:
If you live in Massachusetts for at least 50% of the year, you're eligible for jury duty, so most college students are eligible.
If you receive a summons for someone else or for someone who no longer lives at your address, return the summons to the United States Post Office and tell them that the person has relocated. They will note that the addressee doesn't receive mail at that address and inform the OJC by returning the summons as undeliverable.
If your child is under 18 and receives a summons, you should contact the OJC in writing with your child's date of birth so they can be disqualified. You should also contact your town hall with your child’s date of birth, because if the town submits the same incorrect information to the OJC next year, your child may be summoned again.
If you're 70 or older, you can choose whether or not you want to perform jury service. If you don't want to serve, you can notify the OJC that you'd like to be disqualified, and the OJC will permanently remove you from the juror list. You'll need to contact the OJC to be added to the list again if you later decide you'd like to serve.
If you've been summoned for both state and federal jury duty, you should report for federal jury service. You should send a copy of your federal jury duty summons to the OJC prior to your scheduled date to be disqualified from your state jury duty obligation. To learn more about federal jury duty, visit the Federal Jury Duty Information page.
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