Jury Duty

Notice: Jury Service Resumes June 16

In the interest of health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, jury trials are suspended through no earlier than June 15, 2021. Jury trials will resume Wednesday, June 16, unless otherwise ordered by the court. 

At Seattle Municipal Court, our highest priority is the health and safety of all who enter the courthouse. Jurors play an essential role in our justice system, and we have taken measures to protect your safety throughout the court process. If you test positive for COVID-19 or have health concerns and need to reschedule your service, please call (206) 684-5688 or email smcjuryduty@seattle.gov

We have reduced the size of our jury pool to ensure that jurors 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.

Visitors and staff are required to wear a face covering. To maintain social distancing, elevator occupancy is limited to two people, and bathroom occupancy is limited to one person at a time. Jurors have access to an open air deck during breaks and downtime. A refrigerator and microwave are provided if you choose to bring your lunch. 

COVID-19 has changed almost everything about our lives, but it hasn't changed the Constitutional right each person has to a trial by a jury of their peers. Thousands of court cases have been delayed for months by the COVID-19 crisis, and dozens of people are waiting for a chance to present their case before a jury. We're grateful to all who show up to do this important work.

"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.