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The health and safety of all members of our community is of utmost importance to King County Superior Court. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) we paused jury trials, aware that we could not bring them back without exhaustive steps to protect everyone’s safety.

We want you to know that we have done that work. Every stage of the trial process, from how jurors are selected for a trial to where jurors perform their deliberations, has been reviewed, and numerous safeguards have been implemented. The result is an operation that looks vastly different than the one familiar to people prior to the pandemic.

Jury trials are required under our constitution and key to the fair administration of justice. Jurors from a broad spectrum of the community are critical to just outcomes and trust in the justice process. Jury service is a vitally important civic duty, and we’re committed to making it a safe experience for all involved.

Jury service, like voting, is an opportunity for people to decide what justice looks like in their community. We are grateful to all who show up to do this important work, and we’ve never been more committed to their safety and well-being.

Superior Court Presiding Judge James E. (Jim) Rogers
Yes, they are. 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.

Jury selection (voir dire) will be held remotely for most.  Technology is required to participate in remote jury selection. The Court will work with you to help enable this option, if desired. 

For those who are unable to participate in remote jury selection, the Court will provide a socially-distanced in-person alternative.  The Court has secured an additional location for trials in order to reduce the number of people in court facilities at any one time. There will be no large group questioning at this.

Most jury trials will be in person, however, this will be a trial by trial decision for the Court.

Yes, you may. Follow the instructions on your summons to apply for these options.

Yes, the courthouse courtrooms and jury deliberations rooms will be cleaned thoroughly every day, with high-touch areas cleaned more frequently. Protecting the health and safety of the public and courthouse staff is essential.

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.

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.  

Courtroom Seating:  Each courtroom and jury deliberation area have been measured for maximum capacity and each juror will be seated to allow for proper social distancing.

Hand Sanitizer:  Hand sanitizer gel is accessible in the courtrooms, jury deliberation areas, and throughout the courthouses.

Facial Coverings: Every person entering a Superior Court courthouse or courtroom is required to wear a face covering, unless exempted by Emergency Order #19.  Facial coverings will be provided for those without one.   

Yes, the court will adhere to the CDC precautionary measures.  Jury positions will be marked in the courtrooms and jury deliberation spaces. The judge will enforce these precautions. Breaks will be staggered to reduce traffic flow in hallways, stairs, and elevators. Entire courtrooms will be reserved for use by jurors, in order to facilitate social distancing during juror breaks and deliberations.
If you want to bring and wear your own personal protective equipment you may do so. The Court will also have masks available if you would like one.
Yes, hand sanitizers and hand washing areas will be available in the courthouse. The Court will give breaks so that people may wash and sanitize their hands.

If you feel sick, contact your assigned Court Bailiff.

Contact Jury Management immediately or, if assigned to a jury pool, your assigned Court bailiff.

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