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Jury Duty

Jury Service at Seattle Municipal Court ----- Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not here, feel free to contact the jury assembly coordinator. Call at 206-684-5688 or email your question to SmcJuryDuty@seattle.gov

What if I can't log in to the summons application?

If you can't log in, it may be because we have an incorrect birth date or we may not have your birth date in our system. We may also have an incorrect zip code for you.
If your log in attempt is unsuccessful, please contact the Jury Coordinator at (206) 684-5688 or email at SmcJuryDuty@seattle.gov for assistance.

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You may review the City of Seattle online privacy and security policy at http://www.seattle.gov/pan/privacypol.htm

Is Jury service mandatory?

The United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution guarantee the right to trial by jury. Failure to attend as directed may subject you to penalties provided by law. All King County residents are obligated by state law to serve as a juror unless they:

  • Are not a United States citizen;
  • Are under 18 years of age;
  • Are unable to communicate in the English language; or
  • If convicted of a felony, is not subject to community custody.

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What is my duty as a juror?

As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. You must apply the law given by the judge to the facts given during the trial to make a decision in a case.

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How was I selected for jury duty?

You were selected at random from lists of voter registrations, driver registrations, and Washington State identification cards for residents of King County.

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How long does jury duty last?

Jury duty in Seattle Municipal Court is Tuesday through the completion of a trial or you are released by the Court. If you are seated on a jury, your service may be continued to the following week to complete a trial. Jurors are required to serve for the duration of a trial.

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Can jury duty be rescheduled?

Yes. First you must be eligible for duty. Please read these requirements before you reschedule. You also must identify three (3) choices for one week of jury service. You may reschedule online, or you may write to:

Jury Assembly Clerk
Municipal Court of Seattle
Seattle Justice Center
600 Fifth Avenue
PO BOX 34987
Seattle, WA 98124-4987

Calendar

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What are my transportation options?

We encourage you to use mass transportation to the courthouse as parking is limited and expensive. When you arrive for jury service you may choose to receive bus tickets, light rail or water taxi fare reimbursement or mileage reimbursement for your service term. We do not reimburse for parking. You will receive a bus ticket for the original trip to the courthouse at the time of check in for jury service. If you wish to receive a bus ticket prior to your arrival we would be happy to accommodate you if you give us sufficient time to allow for mail delivery. Call (206) 684-5688 or email SMC_jury_Assembly@seattle.gov. Please include your Juror number and date of service.
To plan your trip via Metro, click here. Use Fifth Avenue & Cherry Street or Fifth Avenue & James Street as your destination point.

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What if I recently served in another court as a juror?

If you have served with any other jurisdiction, please contact that court and request written verification of your service. Forward that to us, along with the lower portion of the Seattle Municipal Court summons, and an exemption will be processed..

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Is it possible to be excused from Jury Duty

For a hardship exemption: If you need to be excused from service, please attach a letter explaining why it is difficult for you to serve at any time during the next year, and mail it to the address on your summons. Work related exemptions require a letter of explanation from your employer. All medical exemptions require a letter from your physician

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What types of cases are heard by jurors?

Jurors in Seattle Municipal Court most commonly hear misdemeanor cases such as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, shoplifting, assault, domestic violence, vehicle prowl, or prostitution. Jurors occasionally hear civil cases involving charges such as violation of building regulations or business license regulations.

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Are jurors paid for jury service?

Jurors are paid $10 per day. Checks are usually mailed 30 days after the completion of jury service. Call the Jury Assembly Clerk, (206) 684-5688 with questions about checks or further information.

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What if I plan to ride my bicycle?

If you plan to ride your bike to the courthouse, bike parking racks are located in the Seapark garage at Sixth and Cherry and across the street from the courthouse at the Seattle Municipal Tower Building, at the northwest corner of Sixth and Cherry.

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Must my employer pay me while I am on jury duty?

Your employer is not required to pay you while you are on jury duty, however, employers are prohibited by law from firing an employee for serving as a juror. RCW 2.36.165

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What do I do in the event of inclement weather?

If the weather conditions are bad and the court determines that it will not require jurors to appear for court services, we will update our web site or you can call (206) 684-8118. You may also check the Jury Number (206) 684-5688.

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Will serving on jury duty affect my unemployment benefits?

IThe compensation you receive for reporting as a prospective juror or serving on a jury must be reported and deducted from your unemployment benefits. For more information, visit the Washington State Employment Security Department webpage or read their Unemployment Claims Kit to learn more about what can be deducted from your benefits.

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