Jury Duty

Your job as a juror is to listen to all the evidence presented at trial, then “decide the facts”- decide what really happened. The judge’s job is to “decide the law” - make decisions on legal issues that come up during the trial. All must do their job well if our system of trial by jury is to work.

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.

Remember: Don’t be influenced by sympathy or prejudice. It is vital that you be impartial with regard to all testimony and ideas presented at the trial.

We hope you find your experience as a juror interesting and satisfying. Thanks for your willingness to serve!

What to Wear

Dress comfortably. Suits, ties and other, more formal wear are not necessary. But don’t get too informal - beach wear, shorts, halter or tank tops are not appropriate in court. Hats may not be allowed unless worn for religious purposes.

Unable to Report Due to an Emergency

Because your absence could delay a trial, it is important that you report each day you are required to. If a real emergency occurs - a sudden illness, accident or death in the family - tell the court staff immediately so that the trial can be scheduled around you. Call 425-487-5587 to report your absence.

Employer Notice

Washington law says employers, “shall provide an employee with sufficient leave of absence from employment when that employee is summoned” for jury duty. It also says employers, “shall not deprive an employee of employment or threaten, coerce, or harass an employee or deny an employee promotional opportunities” for serving as a juror. It does not say your employer has to pay you while you serve.