Date January 10, 2002 Contact: Laura Kiernan
Court Office Information
271-2646 x359

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

CONCORD—Chief Justice Walter L. Murphy of the Superior Court has asked the Attorney General’s Office to investigate reports that members of the public have been receiving "e-mails" purporting to come from the Superior Court, summoning them to jury duty and requesting them to fill out questionnaires asking for personal information.

"The court system would never contact a potential juror by e-mail and no one should respond to these requests," Murphy said.

Superior Court clerks in Manchester, Concord and Nashua have received reports about the e-mails, which apparently also threaten court-imposed sanctions if the e-mail questionnaires are unanswered.

Murphy said a legitimate summons from the court system to serve as a juror is only delivered by U.S. Mail. He said citizens should disregard the e-mails and immediately notify either the court system or the Attorney General’s office that they have received such a request.