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When you’re summoned for jury duty, you’ll be given a date, time, and location to appear. Jurors are selected at random, and have the option to postpone their service to a date of their choice for up to a year.
If you’re summoned to a trial jury and can’t get to the courthouse because of a serious hardship, you can request a hardship transfer to a different courthouse. Hardship transfers are rare, and distance and inconvenience aren’t typically considered hardships.
To be qualified to serve on a jury, you have to:
You are disqualified from jury duty if you:
You can respond to your summons in a few different ways:
You can respond online with the following information from your summons:
You can also update your contact information, find details about your courthouse, and complete the required Confidential Juror Questionnaire (CJQ) through the online portal. You must print the CJQ and bring it with you to the courthouse. To protect your privacy, you cannot submit the CJQ online.
To respond by mail, fill out and send the postage-prepaid Juror Confirmation Form to the address specified at the bottom of your summons.
To respond to your summons by phone, call the Office of Jury Commissioner (OJC) Call Center at (800) 843-5879.
If you’re responding from out of state, call (617) 338-6409.
Your summons will include information about your courthouse, but you can also find details about parking, accessibility, and more online.
You will get a paper Confidential Juror Questionnaire (CJQ) and directions in the mail about 10 days before your service date. Complete it and take the form with you to the courthouse.