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NOTICE: Juror Candidates summoned to the Superior Court for service

Do NOT report to any court location unless you have been given specific instructions by a judge or bailiff ​by email or telephone.

Thank you for your patience. Jury Services is experiencing high volumes of calls and emails. If you have not heard back from us, no action is needed, even if it is the week of your service. Continue to check your email, including your spam folders.

If you don’t hear back from the court, a judge, or a bailiff by the end of the week, your service is complete.

Thank you for your willingness to serve.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we halted all jury trials since March, 2020.  After careful consultation with public health authorities, we are resuming jury trials beginning July, 2020.  We are exempted from the Governor's Phased Approach as an "essential" function or business.  During this pandemic, thousand of cases have been placed on hold, including many criminal cases.  Your service will be important at this time.

Superior Court Presiding Judge James E. (Jim) Rogers

 

The health and safety of all members of our community is of utmost importance to King County Superior Court.  The above video describes steps the court has taken to protect jurors during their time of service.  

For additional information about Juror Safety

For information about Remote Jury Selection (Voir Dire)

Revised Jury Summons & Communication Process

If you received a Jury Summons by USPS mail or eMail from the King County Superior Court it is important to read the full document carefully. Your response is due as soon as possible.  The most efficient way is reply is via the online Juror Portal.

Please: Do not come in-person to the courthouse until given a personal appearance date, time, and location by a Court Bailiff.

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Jury service will look a bit different going forward, with new processes to maintain safety, such as remote juror selection (voir dire) by video, smaller groups meeting in larger spaces, required use of personal protective equipment, and fewer trials being conducted simultaneously. 

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In order to serve as a juror with King County Superior Court you must be:

  • 18+ years old
  • United States citizen
  • King County resident
  • Able to communicate in the English language or via ASL (American Sign Language)
  • If you have been convicted of a felony you are unable to serve as a juror if you are currently incarcerated or under Washington State Dept of Corrections supervision

Please use the Juror Portal to confirm that you are legally eligible to serve.

Only the individual named on the summons should log in to this site. Do not log in to the site if you are not the person named on the summons, even if you are the parent, child, or guardian of the person to whom the summons is addressed.

 

If you are unable to serve due to a permanent medical/physical/sensory condition, a letter from your physician supporting your request to be excused is required.  If your hardship is due to travel, childcare (school aged children), work schedule, doctor/dentist appointments, etc., please consider deferring your service to a later date instead.

 

Your physician's letter should be sent to:

 

King County Superior Courthouse

516 Third Ave, First Floor Jury Assembly Room

Seattle, WA 98104

 

Or

 

FAX 206-296-0986

 

Or

 

You can upload the document through the Juror Portal

 

If your condition, including susceptibility to COVID-19, is not chronic please follow the link above to postpone your jury duty start date.

Please log in to our Juror Portal using your candidate ID/badge number to review the information we have on file and make any necessary corrections. Only the individual named on the summons should log in to this site. Do not log in to the site if you are not the person named on the summons, even if you are the parent, child, or guardian of the person to whom the summons is addressed.

Please update or verify the information is correct: eMail, phone number, address, and contact information.

If you are unable to serve due to a permanent medical/physical/sensory condition, a letter from your physician supporting your request to be excused is required. If your hardship is due to travel, childcare (school aged children), work schedule, doctor/dentist appointments, etc., please consider deferring your service to a later date through the Juror Portal. 

Your physician's letter should be sent to:

King County Superior Courthouse
516 Third Ave, First Floor Jury Assembly Room
Seattle, WA 98104

Or

FAX 206-296-0986

Or

You can upload the document through the Juror Portal.  If your condition, including susceptibility to COVID-19, is not chronic please follow the link above to postpone your jury duty start date.

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To protect the health and safety of jurors and prospective jurors during the COVID-19 crisis, King County Superior Court has made dramatic changes to how jury trials are administered. No longer will people be assembled in large groups. Instead, in advance of reporting jurors will be directed by the assigned trial judge to complete an online orientation and any case-specific questionnaires. Then, jurors will be encouraged to participate in the jury selection phase of the process remotely, if possible.  If not possible, jurors will be scheduled to appear in small group for questioning prior to selection of the jury panel. Trials will be on staggered schedules, to limit the number of people in buildings at a time, and courtrooms have been reconfigured to facilitate social distancing.

Before you report, your assigned trial court will contact you. Please do not come to the courthouse in-person until provided a location, date, and time by the Court's Bailiff.

King County Courthouse, in Seattle *

Location: 516 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 - Directions, transit and parking information.

* Entrance into the Seattle Courthouse is currently on 4th avenue only, midway between James and Jefferson streets. 

Maleng Regional Justice Center, in Kent

Location: Kent 401 4th Ave North, WA 98032 - Directions, transit and parking information.

Meydenbauer Center, in Bellevue

Location: 11100 NE 6th Street Bellevue, WA 98004 - Directions, transit and parking information.

Hours of Service

Jurors are expected to report for jury duty no later than 8:00 am. Jurors are required to be present from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, 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

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. 

Emergencies

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) 477-1319 to speak to a member of the King County Superior Court Jury Department.

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, please contact the Superior Court emergency information line for the court facility where you are expected to report. For the King County Courthouse (Seattle), call (206) 477-1400. For the Maleng Regional Justice Center (Kent), call (206) 477-2600.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the Jury Services Manager

If you have been summonsed for jury duty please read your summons and this website carefully. Most of your questions should be answered. If you have additional questions, please send your inquiries, and include your candidate ID/badge number, to: Greg Wheeler - Jury Services Manager.

RCW:2.36.170: It is a crime for any person summoned for jury service to intentionally fail to appear as directed.

If you have been summonsed for jury duty please read your summons and this website carefully. Most of your questions should be answered. If you have additional questions, please send your inquiries, and if possible include your candidate ID/badge number, to: Greg Wheeler - Jury Services Manager
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Contact Jury Services:

  • (206) 477-1320 (General info)