Jury Duty

Jury Service During COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have health concerns and want to reschedule your service, please call (206) 684-5688 or email smcjuryduty@seattle.gov.

Juror safety

Our priority is the health and safety of all who visit the court, and we have taken several measures to protect you while in the courthouse and throughout the court process. We reduced the size of our jury pool to ensure that jurors can maintain social distancing through all stages of the jury process. 

Masks are strongly encouraged for everyone in the courthouse. KN95 masks and surgical masks are available for jurors.

The court's air filtration system has been adjusted to bring in more fresh outside air, in alignment with CDC guidance. Jury deliberation rooms are equipped with air purifiers. The Jury Assembly room is spacious for social distancing and provides access to an open-air deck.

Can jurors report remotely? 

Unfortunately, we do not have a way for jurors to report remotely.

Are jurors required to be vaccinated?

We do not require jurors to be vaccinated. However, all court staff are required to be vaccinated. 

"I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

Thomas Jefferson, Declaration Of Independence

Jurors play a vital role in the American system of justice. The protection of our rights and liberties is largely achieved through the teamwork of judge and jury who, working together in common effort, put into practice the principles of freedom. The judge determines the law to be applied in the case while the jury decides the facts. Like the privilege of voting, jury duty is one significant way we can take part in the democratic process. We rely on jurors for the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.