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




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.