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Jury Service

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 percent 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 percent of the year and, therefore, eligible to serve as 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, provides students with an opportunity to fulfill an important responsibility as members of the community.  The Boston Conservatory 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 see the Associate Dean of Academic Operations or the Dean of Students.  

If you have any questions about jury duty, including confirming, postponing, rescheduling or limiting your service, please consult the Student’s Guide to Jury Duty brochure, available in the Student Affairs Resource Center, or contact the Office of Jury Commissioner (1-800-THE-JURY or 1-800-843-5879).  Further information can be found on the Office of Jury Commissioner’s website at

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