Information for Jurors
Thank you for your willingness to serve!
Thank you for your willingness to serve during the Viaduct Closure. We strongly recommend using public transportation to get to court. King County Metro's website is the most comprehensive. It includes information on water taxis, buses, Link Light Rail, heavy rail (Sounder), parking, pedestrian walking routes and bike routes.
Some tips: drive and park near a popular commute corridor and take the bus. Some buses may be full and pass by. Metro will get another bus to you as soon as possible. Please plan ahead and leave early. We have plenty of coffee shops nearby and the Jury Room opens (with wifi) at 7:30 am.
In order to serve as a juror with King County Superior Court you must be:
- Eighteen (18) years of age or older
- A citizen of the United States
- A resident of King County
- Able to communicate in the English language or via ASL (American Sign Language)
Please use the Juror eResponse System to confirm that you are legally eligible to serve.
Your group number is located on the front of your summons underneath your candidate ID/badge number. If the court needs fewer jurors than anticipated, some groups will be excused from service.
Jury Duty Call Off:
Juror candidates from previous dates who have been assigned to panels are to report as per instructions provided by your judge or bailiff.
King County Courthouse
Seattle 516 Third Ave Seattle, WA 98104
All candidates currently assigned to court panels are to report as instructed by your Judge or Bailiff.
The following group numbers scheduled to begin service on
Thursday, January 24, 2019 are to report as follows: All group numbers have been excused and do not need to report. Your obligation for this jury term is complete. The court thanks you for your willingness to serve
Maleng Regional Justice Center
Kent 401 4th AVE N. Room 2E Kent, WA 98032
All candidates currently assigned to court panels are to report as instructed by your judge or Bailiff.
The following group numbers scheduled to begin service on
Thursday, January 24, 2019 are to report as follows: All group numbers have been excused and do not need to report. Your obligation for this jury term is complete. The court thanks you for your willingness to serve.
Please log in to our Juror eResponse System 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.
Your jury service can be postponed twice up to one year from the date of the summons. Click on the link below to log in to the juror eResponse site. You will be prompted for your candidate ID/badge number and date of birth. In the Defer section you will be able to select a new date from those available. As summonses are mailed weeks in advance, some dates in the near future will not be available. Your jury duty can be deferred twice up to one year each time. Trials are held every week of the year and new pools of jurors typically report to begin service on Mondays and Wednesdays but not every week is one to which your service can be postponed. Certain weeks seem to be more attractive and as a result may already have enough participants.
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 jury service can be rescheduled twice up to one year at a time.
Proceed to eResponse only if you are the person named on the summons.
Finding the Correct Facility
All jurors are summonsed either to the King County Courthouse in Seattle or the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Your summons will indicate where you are expected to report. Please use the following links for directions to each facility, as well as for information on parking and other building amenities:
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.
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) 477-1319 to speak to a member of the King County Superior Court Jury Department.
In Case of 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.
- For more information about jury service in Washington, see A Juror's Guide.
- For more information on the Washington court system, see A Citizen's Guide to Washington Courts.
- For more general information on jury service in King County, visit the court's Jury Service In King County webpage.
Public Service Announcements
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 10-digit candidate ID/badge number, to: Greg Wheeler - Jury Services Supervisor.
RCW:2.36.170: It is a crime for any person summoned for jury service to intentionally fail to appear as directed.
SUGGESTED ENTRANCE TO KING COUNTY COURTHOUSE VIA THE KING COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
The Third Avenue entrance to the King County Courthouse is often quite congested. Jury staff suggest utilizing the entrance to the courthouse via the underground tunnel between the courthouse and the King County Administration Building. https://www.kingcounty.gov/about/contact-us/locations/Administration.aspx
The King County Administration Building occupies the block between 4th and 5th Avenues and James and Jefferson Streets. You can enter the King County Administration Building on either 4th or 5th Avenues. Take the elevator to the Tunnel (T) level and after security screening just walk through the tunnel to the entrance to the Jury Assembly Room (first door on your left).
The U.S. Marshals homepage currently has a fraud alert involving jury scams at the very top of their home page. By clicking into the alert, the next page contains the following language:
“During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses. They then tell victims they can avoid arrest by purchasing a prepaid debit card such as a Green Dot card or gift card and read the card number over the phone to satisfy the fine”
“Scammers use many tactics to sound credible. They sometimes provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges, and courthouse addresses. They may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are calling from the court or a government agency.”
Jury service scams are still flourishing although law enforcement has become more sophisticated at addressing this kind of fraud.