What to Expect When Reporting for Jury Service
Hours of Service
Jurors are expected to report for jury duty no later than 8:00am. Jurors are required to be present from 8:00am until 4:30pm, although a lunch break will be provided. These hours are subject to change if you are selected to serve on a jury trial. Court staff will keep you apprised of these potential changes.
Arrival at the Courthouse / Security Screening
Please be advised that you will pass through a security screening checkpoint as you enter the courthouse. Certain items may not be brought into the facility and must be left with security personnel at the checkpoint before you enter. Please take a moment to learn about the items prohibited from King County court facilities.
The Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent includes a drop-in childcare center which is available to jurors on a limited basis. Jurors may use the center for their children's care for up to two days IF THEY ARE EMPANELED (i.e., actually placed on a jury). The center is located on the third floor of the MRJC and opens at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call (253) 854-5625. There is no childcare available in the King County Courthouse in Seattle.
Being A Juror
Your job as a juror is to listen to all the evidence presented at trial, then "decide the facts" – decide what really happened. You do not need special knowledge or ability to do your job. It is enough that you keep an open mind, use common sense, concentrate on the evidence presented, and be fair and honest in your deliberations.
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