Jury Duty

Jury Service and COVID-19

Seattle Municipal Court is resuming jury trials beginning August 26, 2020. Our highest priority is the health and safety of all who enter the courthouse. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever or cough, have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or are in a high-risk group and would like to reschedule your service, please call (206) 684-5688 or email smcjuryduty@seattle.gov

Visitors and staff are required to wear a face covering and check their temperature at the courthouse entrance. To maintain social distancing, elevator occupancy is limited to two people, and bathroom occupancy is limited to one person at a time. 

We have reduced the size of our jury pool to ensure that jurors and staff are able to maintain social distancing through all stages of the jury process. Plexiglass barriers have been installed in courtroom jury boxes, and deliberation rooms are equipped with air purifiers.  

The court's air filtration system has been adjusted to bring in more fresh outside air, in alignment with CDC guidance. Janitorial staff are disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs on a daily basis. 

Jurors have access to an open air deck during breaks and downtime. Nearby restaurants are open and available for pick up orders, and a refrigerator and microwave are provided if you choose to bring your lunch. 

"I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

Thomas Jefferson, Declaration Of Independence

Jurors play a vital role in the American system of justice. The protection of our rights and liberties is largely achieved through the teamwork of judge and jury who, working together in common effort, put into practice the principles of freedom. The judge determines the law to be applied in the case while the jury decides the facts. Like the privilege of voting, jury duty is one significant way we can take part in the democratic process. We rely on jurors for the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.