Frequently Asked Questions about the Juror Questionnaire
Why is the questionnaire sent?
Each year, approximately 500,000 questionnaires are mailed out across the province to prospective jurors.
The Juror Questionnaire is used to determine whether a questionnaire recipient may be eligible for jury duty.
The questions in the “questionnaire” are based on eligibility requirements in the Juries Act.
Eligibility to serve as a juror is based on the recipient’s answers to each of the eligibility questions on the questionnaire.
Upon completing and returning a juror questionnaire, if an individual is eligible for jury duty, they may be chosen at random to receive a “summons to juror notice” that requests that the individual attend court on a specific date and time to be considered further for jury duty. They may also be chosen to serve as jurors at a coroner’s inquest.
Can I receive a juror questionnaire more than once?
Yes, it is possible to receive the questionnaire in multiple years, since your name continues to be on the third party source lists used to obtain names for the jury roll (e.g. Municipal Property Assessment Corporation).
If you received a questionnaire and the address is not correct and you are uncertain as to how you may have been included on MPAC’s list, their contact information is found on the following website: https://www.mpac.ca/AboutMPAC/ContactUs. Alternatively, you may contact MPAC by calling them at 1-866-296-6722 and ask that they update their database with your correct and updated information.
Deceased Individuals, Individuals with a Disability, Same Name Residing at Same Location
I have received a questionnaire for someone who has died. What do I do?
If someone has died, you should note it on the Questionnaire next to their name and, if available, enclose a copy of a Certificate of Death and return in the envelope provided. We apologize for any distress this document may have caused.
I have received a questionnaire and believe I have a disability that would prevent me from serving as a juror (this may include the effects of a medical treatment, physical or mental health, intellectual or neurological disability or medical condition). How do I answer the questionnaire?
Every effort will be made to provide necessary accommodations for you to serve on a jury. This may include use of assistive devices, sign language interpreters, or other supports. If you think that any accommodations would enable you to serve on a jury, your answer to this question should be "No."
If you are summoned for jury duty, you will be able to ask the court for the accommodation you need. Please contact the court office indicated on your summons to speak with the jury clerk and to request the accommodation. The presiding judge will decide whether your request for accommodation can be granted.
If you have a disability, which may include the effects of a medical treatment, physical, mental health, intellectual, neurological or medical disability or medical condition that would prevent you from being a juror, and you cannot be accommodated, your answer to this question should be “Yes”.
You are not required to provide medical documentation explaining the effects of a medical treatment, physical or mental health, intellectual, neurological or medical disability or medical condition that would prevent you from being a juror.
What do I do if two people with the same name live in the same address where the questionnaire was sent?
If two people with the same name live at the same address and both are over the age of 18, only one person needs to complete the form.
If two or more persons at a household have received the questionnaire, each person must complete and return the form.
Unable to Complete the Questionnaire, it is Past Due
I have received a questionnaire and want to respond quickly but cannot complete it myself. Can I have someone help me?
If you are unable to complete the questionnaire yourself, you may have someone help you and sign it on your behalf. Please note their relationship to you at the bottom of the questionnaire.
I was away on vacation and the return date is past due. Do I need to still complete the form?
Yes. If the return date for the completed questionnaire is past due, complete the form as soon as possible and return it in the envelope provided.
I am no longer at the address shown on the form. Do I need to notify someone?
If your address is incorrect or has changed from the address shown on the form, make corrections in the space to the right of your old address then complete and return the questionnaire.
If you are uncertain as to how you may have been included on MPAC’s list, their contact information is found on the following website: https://www.mpac.ca/AboutMPAC/ContactUs. Alternatively, you may contact MPAC by calling them at 1-866-296-6722 and ask that they update their database with your correct and updated information.
I have completed the questionnaire but cannot find the return envelope with the address. Where do I mail the questionnaire?
If you have misplaced your envelope and need the return mailing address for the completed questionnaire, it is:
Provincial Jury Centre
P.O. Box 666, Station A
I have received a questionnaire for someone who no longer lives at this address or is away attending a College or University. What should I do with the questionnaire?
If the person named on the questionnaire is not living at the address shown on the questionnaire, or is living away from home for school, you can note this on the space next to the address and return the questionnaire in the envelope provided.
For comments or additional questions related to jury duty, please email firstname.lastname@example.org