Policy on Jury Duty

According to the Office of the Jury Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “every U.S. Citizen 17 years of age or older who is a Massachusetts resident or an inhabitant for more than 50% of the time is eligible to serve as a juror. If you are a resident of another state but a student at a Massachusetts college, you are an inhabitant for more than 50% of the year and, therefore, eligible to serve are a juror in Massachusetts.”

It is not unusual for students residing in Suffolk County to be summoned to serve as trial jurors. Jury service, on a short-term basis, can provide students with a good opportunity to fulfill one of their responsibilities as members of the community. Berklee supports students in their fulfillment of this civic duty.

Students should carefully read all materials they receive with their summons to service, as they contain helpful information about confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or relocating service, and address many of the most frequently asked questions. Jury duty is an important legal obligation, and those who fail to respond are subject to criminal prosecution.

Students who must miss class in order to fulfill their jury service requirement should notify each of their instructors of the summons and make arrangements to complete any missed work. Counseling and Advising Center staff may also be able to assist students in making arrangements for missed class time due to jury service. Students may be required to furnish their summons notice or the certificate of service when making these arrangements.

If students have any questions about jury duty, including confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or limiting their service, they can contact the Office of the Jury Commissioner (800 THE JURY or 800 843-5879). Further information can be found on the Office of Jury Commissioner’s website at massjury.com.