Upon arrival, you will receive a pamphlet regarding serving on jury, a restaurant guide (PDF), and a plastic badge holder. Staff will "scan" your jury badge (the tear out portion in the upper right corner on your summons with the bar code) upon entry to the jury assembly in order to give you attendance (credit for serving) and to place you into the jury pool for the duration of your service. After everyone has been checked-in, you will watch a 20-minute video about jury duty and the jury coordinator will provide more information to the jury pool, so that you will know what to expect throughout your first day, as well as the length of your service.
Your service in Superior Court is for one week or one trial – most trials last an average of three days, but occasionally they extend beyond one week. You are expected to be available the entire week of your term date. Once selected to go to a courtroom with a group of jurors to begin the selection process for that trial, the judge will inform the jurors of the expected length of that trial. If not selected for that trial, you will be asked to return to the JAR and you may be returned to the jury pool or selected for another trial.
Otherwise known as the jury selection process. A jury panel is a group of jurors from the jury pool who are randomly selected by the computer. Each member of the panel is given a number badge and sent to the courtroom to begin voir dire, usually by 10 a.m. The judge, prosecutor / plaintiff’s attorney, or defense / respondent’s attorney will ask a series of questions to jurors, which helps select the panel for that trial.
Once selected to serve on a trial, the Court is counting on each juror to be there every day until a verdict is reached and the judge releases you. You must not discuss the case with anyone once you are sworn on the case. You must not research the laws, history of the case, blog, or post on any form of social media - as doing so could lead to a mistrial.
Lunch breaks are taken each day from noon until 1 p.m. Oftentimes, judges have other matters to attend to at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. before the jury is brought back into the courtroom. Fifteen-minute breaks are taken mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Jurors are sometimes also excused to the jury rooms adjacent to the courtroom if issues must be discussed / decided outside the jurors’ presence. You can expect to serve each day until approximately 4:30 p.m. Once a juror is empaneled on a trial, you are instructed to report as directed by the judge and/or law clerk.
Upon completing your service, we ask for each juror’s feedback. Monthly summaries of all juror data and comments are provided to the Superior Court bench – the judges read each and every comment. It is because of juror comments that improvements to the system have been made over the years. You will be provided an exit questionnaire when you report for duty; however, if it is lost or forgotten, you may access a copy (PDF). Please be sure to fill in your date of service on this form. You may mail in your questionnaire or scan and email it to the jury coordinator.
Snohomish County Superior Court sincerely thanks all jurors for your service and sacrifice.