***JURY SCAM ALERT***
JURY SCAM ALERT: A caller who claims to be with the county Sheriff’s Office has been telling citizens that they were summoned to jury duty but failed to appear and therefore have been fined. Some people have been told the fine is $1,000. THIS IS A SCAM AND NOT TRUE!
No one from the Sheriff’s Office or the court would call and ask for payment of a jury fine over the phone. Anyone who does not respond to a summons would be given a chance to explain his or her nonappearance to a judge before any fine is imposed.
Welcome to King County District Court and thank you for your willingness to serve.
If you have a King County Superior Court summons, please visit the Superior Court Juror Page.
Please be aware of jury duty fraud (external link).
Frequently Asked Questions about jury service.
You will pass through a security screening checkpoint as you enter any King County District Court location. 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 entering a King County Court facility.
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.
The Jury Selection Process – How You Were Chosen
Your name was selected at random from a list of names generated from voter registration, driver’s license, and "identicard" records. Every year the Administrative Office for the Courts in Olympia creates a new list of names for every court in King County. It is possible, although very unlikely, that you will be summoned by one or more courts in the same year or over the course of several years.
The Jury Selection Process -- What If You Have Recently Served?
If you have reported for jury duty in District Court within the past 12 months, your request to be excused on this basis will be granted. Please return your Summons, indicating in “Section B” the Court and dates where you served.
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 District Court summons, and an exemption will be processed.
Jury Service in King County District Court
King County District Court jurors are required to serve for the length of one week or less. If you are selected as a juror, you will be required to serve at the King County District Court location indicated on the summons.
Request to Reschedule Jury Duty
To request a hardship excuse from jury service, please review your Jury Summons. You may request that your jury service be RESCHEDULED if you qualify as a juror. Jury duty may be rescheduled only once. Your jury service can be postponed to a week of your choosing within the next 12 months.
Please check your summons for the time you are required to be present for jury duty. If you are selected to serve on a trial, these hours may change. Court staff will apprise you of any changes.
Courthouse Location and Directions
Browse our website at www.kingcounty.gov/courts/DistrictCourt
Click on the court location on the summons or call 206-205-9200.
In Case of an Emergency
If an emergency occurs – a sudden illness, accident, or death in the family that prevents you from serving you should tell the court staff immediately, or call (206) 296-3597 to speak to a member of the King County District Court Jury Department.
In Case of Inclement Weather
In case of inclement weather, please contact the District Court emergency information line at 206-296-6820.
For additional information on jury service, see A Juror’s Guide.
If you have been summoned for jury duty please read your summons and this website carefully. Most of your questions should be answered.
If you have additional questions, please call the Jury Services Office at 206-296-3597.
For more information on the court system, see A Citizen’s Guide to Washington Courts.
It is a crime for any person summoned for jury service to intentionally fail to appear as directed. RCW 2.36.170 .