Jury Duty FAQ

NOTICE: Jury trials suspended until further notice

Jurors who have been summoned do not need to report for service. The Court will resume sending juror summons when it determines that jury trials can resume.

Below you will find answers to many common questions about jury duty. If you have additional questions, please call the Jury Coordinator, (206) 684-5688.

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

A: 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.

A: Jurors 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.

A: 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
  • If convicted of a felony, you must have had your civil rights restored

A: We cannot guarantee the length of any trial. Jury Service is from Wednesday through the conclusion of a trial or when released by the court. Please plan to be in court from Wednesday - Friday of the service week. But again, there is no guarantee that service will be completed on Friday. Some trials may take longer to complete. Typically, our trials run 2 to 3 days. 

A: Yes. The court allows jurors to reschedule one (1) time.

Requests must be made no later than seven (7) days prior to service. You may reschedule online, email your request to SMCJuryDuty@seattle.gov, call a Jury Coordinator at (206) 684-5688, or you may write to:

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

A: If you need to be excused from jury duty due to a physical, mental or sensory condition, please submit a letter from your physician or medical provider at least seven (7) days prior to your service.

If you have an undue hardship, please submit a letter at least seven (7) days prior to your service explaining your undue hardship.

All Work-related exemptions require a letter from your employer.

Exemption requests may be submitted online or by mail. No request will be processed within seven (7) days of your service date.

A: If you can't log in, it may be because we have an incorrect date of birth, we do not have your date of birth in our system, or we may not have a correct 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. Alternately, you might not be able to log in because you were summoned by another court. Please verify that your summons was issued by the Municipal Court of Seattle.

A: Seattle Municipal Court jurors are paid $25 per day. Checks are usually mailed 30 to 45 days after the completion of jury duty. For questions or concerns please call the Jury Coordinator, (206) 684-5688.

A: 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.

A: The compensation you receive for jury duty must be reported and deducted from your unemployment benefits. For more information, please visit the Washington State Employment Security Department.

A: Please use public transportation as parking is limited and expensive near the courthouse. When you arrive for jury duty, you may choose to receive bus tickets, light rail or water taxi fare, or mileage reimbursement. We do not reimburse for parking. If you wish to receive a bus ticket prior to your arrival, we will gladly accommodate with sufficient time allowed for mail delivery of your ticket. Please call (206) 684-5688.

Plan your trip via King County Metro using Fifth Avenue & Cherry Street or Fifth Avenue & James Street as your destination point.

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

A: If weather conditions impact court operations and our need for jurors, we will update our website homepage, post on our twitter account @seamunicourt and put a message on our inclement weather phone line (206) 684-8118.

A: If you have served with any other jurisdiction within the previous twelve (12) month calendar, please contact the court you served in and request written verification of your service. Forward that information to the Seattle Municipal Court by mail, or by email to SMCJuryDuty@seattle.gov, and an exemption will be processed.

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