EXPECTATIONS OF JURY DUTY
Plan for a one week window of time from 8:00 - 4:30 each day.
Next Day Report Groups
What should I wear for jury duty?
Can I smoke?
Where do I report and what happens?
Come to the County-City Building at 930 Tacoma Ave. S., between 11th and 9th streets between 7:30- 8:00 a.m., Room 123. When you report in, you will be shown how to scan yourself in. Orientation begins at 8:00 a.m., a Judge will welcome you and the Jury Coordinator will explain what to expect as a juror. You will also be given additional information from the Court staff, and shown another short orientation video. You will be here all day and most of this week. If you get on a case you will stay until it is complete.
Employer Responsibilities - Jury RCW 2.36.165
It is against the law, per RCW 2.36.165, for an employer to fire or demote or harass an employee because they serve as a juror. RCW 2.36.165(2) states 'An employer shall not deprive an employee of employment or threaten, coerce, or harass an employee, or deny an employee promotional opportunities because the employee receives a summons, responds to the summons, serves as a juror, or attends court for prospective jury service.' However, the law does not require that the employee be paid in full while serving.
Will I be locked in a hotel during the trial?
It is extremely rare for a jury to be 'sequestered' or kept in a hotel during a trial. You should expect that you will be allowed to go home at the end of each court day
Is Security provided?
Security officers and a metal detector are at the entrance of the first and second floors. Everyone entering the building will be screened. Please DO NOT bring ANY sharp bladed instrument of any size to the County-City Building.
If you lose something while on Jury Duty, contact us or leave a message with a description of your item and your contact information. We keep most items for 2 months before disposing of them.