Seattle Municipal Court Hon. Karen Donohue, Presiding

Jury Duty

Jury Service at Seattle Municipal Court ----- Reporting for Duty

When To Report Where to Go

On their first day, SMC jurors should report by 8:30 a.m. Please note: the Seattle Justice Center opens at 8:00 a.m. On subsequent days, jurors will be told what time to report. Please be prompt. One late juror can waste the time of the many persons involved in a trial. Generally, your service day will be completed between 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. If you are seated on a jury, your jury duty will begin on Tuesday and ends with the completion of the trial. Your service may be continued to the following week to complete the trial. Jurors are required to serve for the duration of a trial.

On the first day, jurors report to the Jury Assembly Room, on the 12th floor of the Seattle Justice CenterMap.

Please allow sufficient time for security screening at the building entrance and waiting for the elevators on all days of your service.

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Identification Badges Persons With Disabilities

Jurors will be issued Municipal Court Juror Identification badges. Badges should be worn in plain view at all times (including lunch) during jury service.

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If you need an accommodation, please contact the Jury Coordinator at 206-684-5688.

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Transportation Options On-Call

We encourage you to use public transit to reach the courthouse as parking is limited and expensive. When you arrive for jury service, you may choose to receive bus tickets, light rail fare reimbursement or mileage reimbursement for the term of your service. We do not reimburse for parking. If you wish to receive a bus ticket prior to arriving on your first day, please call (206) 684-5688 or email 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.

To receive light rail fare reimbursement, please save and hand in your train tickets to the jury coordinator.

If you meet specific guidelines you may request going on-call to your office.

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Wireless Computer Access What To Bring

The Court has installed a wireless access point in the Jury Assembly Room. Jurors who bring their own devices (laptop, tablet, cell phone) may access the internet by accepting the City of Seattle wireless access policy. Specific instructions are available in Jury Assembly.

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Jury service may entail waiting in the jury assembly room while you wait for assignment to courtrooms and/or between trials. You may want to bring reading materials, crossword puzzles, work, etc.

Jurors may bring a lunch from home and will have access to a kitchen with a refrigerator and beverage/snack machines in the jury assembly area.

Smoking at the Justice Center What Not To Bring

The Seattle Justice Center is a non-smoking building including its offices, lunchrooms, conference rooms, restrooms, lobbies, and stairwells. Smoking is also prohibited on the terrace area off the 12th floor and near outside entrances to the building.

Before your first visit to the Court, please review information about Security Screening and a list of items not allowed within the Municipal Court provided by the Court Marshals.

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