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transcript Respond to a Jury Summons

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Note for audio recording: The text in bold is the primary text on the screen, followed by a description of any graphics or supplementary text. Suggest more emphasis on bolded text.

What you need to know about jury duty in Massachusetts

The screen shows an image of the a jury box with icons of people sitting in the jury box. The state seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts appears behind the jury box.  

First you need to respond to your jury summons

The screen shows an image of an Official Summons for Juror Service postcard and a formal Official Summons for Juror Service.

You can respond by mail or by phone   

The screen shows icons of a telephone and an envelope.  

But the most convenient way to respond is online

The screen shows an icons of a desktop computer with the web address MAJury.gov on the computer’s screen.   

To sign in you’ll need: Badge number on your summons, PIN from your Summons, Zip code from your summons

The screen shows an image of a Official Summons for Juror Service postcard. The camera zooms in to the badge number, PIN and zip code fields on the summons as the text for each of these fields appears on screen.

You have several choices when responding:

The screen shows an image of a desktop computer. The text Confirm Service appears on the computer’s screen, and is then replaced with the text Request a Disqualification. This text is replaced with the text Postpone Service and then the text Request a hardship transfer to another courthouse.

About 10 days before service you’ll receive more information in the mail

The screen shows a mailbox. The mailbox opens and an envelope emerges from the mailbox.

A reminder notice

The screen shows an image of a juror service reminder notice.

A map to the courthouse you’ll go to for service

The screen shows a map. A red pin appears on the map to indicate the location of a courthouse.

And a Confidential Juror Questionnaire

The screen shows an image of a confidential juror questionnaire.

Fill out the questionnaire and bring it with you to jury service

The screen shows an image of a confidential juror questionnaire. The name Paul Revere is typed into the name field on the questionnaire. The city Boston is typed into the City/State field on the questionnaire.

The day before you’re scheduled for duty, you will find out if you’re still needed

If you responded to your summons online and provided an email address, you’ll be notified via email after 4:30 p.m.

The screen shows an image of an envelope with an @ symbol on it to indicate email. The envelope opens and a document emerges with the text Appear on it.

You can also log in to the juror service website after 4 p.m.

The screen shows an image of a login screen with the email address paul.revere@mass.gov being typed into the email address field. A hidden password is typed into the password field. A cursor clicks the “Keep me logged in” dialog box and a check mark appears in the box. The cursor then clicks the Login button. The login screen disappears from the screen and is replaced with an image of a desktop computer screen. The word “Appear” is on the computer’s screen.

Or you can call the Juror Line listed on your Reminder Notice after 3 p.m.

The screen shows an icon of a telephone. A speech bubble with the word “Appear” appears above the telephone.

Come prepared on the day of your service

Bring your: Completed Confidential Juror Questionnaire, Summons or Reminder Notice

Images of a Confidential Juror Questionnaire, Official Summons and Reminder Notice all appear on screen.

Bring your: Completed Confidential Juror Questionnaire, Summons or Reminder Notice, Something to Pass the Time

Images of the Confidential Juror Questionnaire, Official Summons and Reminder Notice all disappear and are replaced with images of books and a laptop computer

Food, cell phones, and other personal items like magazines are allowed

Images of a bottle of water, a magazine, a cell phone and cell phone charger appear on screen.

Service lasts 1 day for most people, but could take up to 3 days, so plan accordingly

The screen shows icons of three flip-style calendars. One calendar shows the text Day 1, another shows the text Day 2 and the last shows the text Day 3.

Please dress respectfully, and don’t leave until you’re dismissed by the court

If you require accessibility accommodations the day of service:
Call (800)843-5879 (1-800-THE-JURY)
Email jurorhelp@jud.state.ma.us


Respond to your jury summons
A “Respond now” button appears on screen and links to
https://www.mass.gov/how-to/respond-to-your-jury-summons

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