Jury Service Frequently Asked Questions

JURY SERVICE: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are jury trials still needed? Yes. Jury trials are a cornerstone of the justice system. They are critical to fair hearings and a key constitutional guarantee (Amendment VI, U.S. Constitution) for all.  

Will jury duty be in person or via virtual means?  Both. Jury selection will be done on the Zoom computer platform prior to trial from home on your computer or laptop. Jurors without their own computer or laptop should call the court at (206) 364-7711 and ask to speak with the jury coordinator for further instructions.

The six persons chosen for jury service will come to the courthouse to hear the trial. There are many reasons for this including: constitutional rights of the accused, access to attorney presentations, access to evidence/exhibits and to facilitate juror discussion during deliberations.

What if I am in the high-risk category or I am an essential worker? Can I be excused or rescheduled for jury duty? Yes. Follow the instructions on your summons to apply for these options.

Will the courthouse be clean and safe? Yes. The courtroom and jury deliberations room will be cleaned and sanitized daily. Protecting the health and safety of the public and courthouse staff is essential.

Will I have to bring a mask and gloves? If you personally desire to bring and wear your own personal protective equipment, you may do so. The court will also have masks, face shields and gloves available. 

Will the courthouse have hand sanitizer dispensers and hand washing areas available? Yes. Hand sanitizers and hand washing areas will be available in the courthouse.

What if I feel sick the day of jury selection or jury duty? Should I report for jury duty, or do I stay home? If you feel sick, stay home and contact a member of the court staff for instructions. See JUROR HEALTH CHECKLIST on our website. If you have any symptoms on the checklist do not appear for jury service.  If you are already on a jury panel, call the court immediately (prior to 9:00 am) at (206) 957-2871 as arrangements must be made before the trial can proceed.

Will coffee and snacks be available?  For persons selected for the final jury panel, the court will provide coffee, bottled water and individually wrapped snacks and candy.

Can I bring my cell phone or electronic devices? Please leave your laptop, iPad and/or tablet at home.  You may bring your cell phone or iWatch, but they should be on silent while in the building.  Jurors are not allowed to use their phone or iWatch during trial proceedings or jury deliberations.  This is to protect the integrity of the proceedings.