Jury Duty for Students

According to the Office of 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 inhabitant for more than 50% of the year and, therefore, eligible to serve as a juror in Massachusetts."

It is not unusual for students residing in Bristol 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 important responsibilities as a member of the community.  Stonehill College supports students in their fulfillment of this civic duty.

Students should carefully read all materials they receive with their summons to service, which 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 professors of the summons and make arrangements to complete any missed work.  The Office of Academic Services will be able to assist you 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.  Students should never be penalized for missing class as a result of jury duty service.

If you have any questions about jury duty, including confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or limiting your service, please contact the Office of Jury Commissioner (1-800-843-5879).  Further information can be found on the Office of Jury Commissioner's website at www.massjury.com.