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In consultation with the King County Public Health Department, the Superior Court of King County has adopted the following health and safety guidelines (“Guidelines”) for Jurors reporting for jury service:

  1. Face Coverings.  Every person entering a courthouse is required to wear a face covering which covers their nose and mouth completely.  Those who appear without such a covering will be provided with a paper mask at the security screening entrance.  Face masks must be worn at all times inside the building.
  2. Elevators and Stairwells.  Each elevator at the Courthouse is limited to 2 passengers at a time.  Stairs have been designated with “up” or “down” direction markers.
  3. Social Distancing:  Social distancing is required at all times in each Courthouse. 
  4. Courtroom Seating.    Each courtroom has been measured for maximum capacity for social distancing and each juror will be seated to allow for proper social distancing.  Each trial will use one large courtroom or two courtrooms to allow maximum social distancing and safety.  
  5. Jury Selection Process.  Once you are contacted by the assigned court, each juror will be asked questions either remotely by video or in small, socially distanced groups by the trial judge and the lawyers.  There will be no large group questioning.
  6.  Breaks during trials.  Jurors will be instructed to use restrooms in courtrooms and hallways.  All courthouse facilities are being regularly cleaned and sanitized, particularly those that are high touch areas.  Be careful to always maintain social distancing. 


Update from Jury Services regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Activities

Please Note: Per Order of the Superior Court, every person entering a Superior Court courthouse or courtroom is now required to wear a face covering, unless exempted (see Emergency Order #19). Facial coverings will be provided for those without one.

King County Superior Court is committed to protecting the safety and security of our community while performing our Constitutional duties.

Contact Jury Services:

  • (206) 477-1320 (General info)

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)

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

Proceed to eResponse.

King County Courthouse


516 3rd Ave, 1st Floor Jury Assembly Room Seattle, WA 98104 - Directions, transit and parking information.

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, they will be asked to report to the trial courtroom in small groups for individual questioning prior to selection on the final 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 judge (or their bailiff) will contact you. DO NOT REPORT TO THE COURTHOUSE IN PERSON until directed to do so by your assigned trial judge.  

In the event of possible court closure, please call 206-477-1400.

 

Maleng Regional Justice Center


Kent 401 4th AVE N. Room 2E Kent, WA 98032 - Directions, transit and parking information.

This message is for all juror candidates summoned for the week of 7/13/20 (7/13/20, 7/14/20 & 7/15/20).  All jury trials for that week have been cancelled and your obligation as a jury candidate for this term is complete.  You do not need to report to the courthouse or take any further action with respect to this summons.

 

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, they will be asked to report to the trial courtroom in small groups for individual questioning prior to selection on the final 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 judge (or their bailiff) will contact you. DO NOT REPORT TO THE COURTHOUSE IN PERSON until directed to do so by your assigned trial judge.

In the event of possible court closure, please call 206-477-1400. 

 

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.

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.

Your physician's letter should be sent to:

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

Or

Maleng Regional Justice Center
401 4th Ave N. Room 2E
Kent, WA 98032

Or

FAX 206-296-0986

Or

An e-copy can be sent to JuryDutySEA@KingCounty.gov

You will receive a confirmation of your excusal from jury duty once we process the letter from your physician.

Proceed to eResponse.

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, 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

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.

Publications

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 Manager.

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

For more information, click here

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).

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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

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.