Remote Jury Trials

Remote Participation in Jury Trials

 

Some trials in Snohomish County Superior Court are occurring remotely.  This may be in part or for the length of the trial prior to deliberations. Read the instructions located here to determine whether you will participate remotely or in-person on your first day.  If you are participating in remote service, you will continue to do so until you are instructed by the judge, law clerk or jury staff to come into the courthouse. Advance instruction will be given for when you should report to the courthouse, but you should be prepared to do so at any time during your jury service.  

 

Requirements for Participation in Remote Proceedings

 

Email 

Your email address is requested on your summons. The court will use email to contact you throughout the duration of your remote service. The emails may include meeting links, reporting instructions and other important information.  If you do not have an email address, you can get one for free using sites including Google, Yahoo, Apple iCloud, or a different site. 

 

Internet Access 

To participate in these remote proceedings, you must have reliable and stable access to high speed or broadband internet as you will need to appear by video. 

 

Devices

You will also need a smartphone, tablet, or a working computer with a camera, microphone, and speakers. Some trials may require that you use a tablet or computer.  Jury selection can be accessed via smartphone. You can test your device’s accessories by joining a test meeting online at Zoom.us/test. Ensure you have a power supply nearby for the device you choose. 

 

Location

Your participation in the trial may be for a few hours or several days.  You should ensure you are in a quiet location without distractions and away from other people.  Minimize distractions by silencing phones, alarms, and email and text notifications.   Turn off voice activated devices around you when possible. Turn off noise producing appliances to ensure you can hear others and others can hear you. 

 

 


 What to Expect and Rules for Participation

 

All participants should place their device on mute and should unmute to participate when requested or instructed to do so. 
  
Anyone participating remotely must be visible on video and in court appropriate attire for the entirety of the remote proceedings.  

 

When you first log in to the Zoom meeting, you will be put in a waiting room.  You should remain alert and ready to engage while in this waiting room.  Once the host admits you to the meeting, you will see other jurors, court staff and the courtroom. You will be able to identify the speaker by the yellow box that outlines their video image or if their video image becomes the main focus of the screen. The judge, law clerk or jury staff will ask to test your audio before proceedings begin. You will receive further instructions and information about remote jury trials from court staff or the judge.  


 
 To participate via computer: 

  1. Ensure your computer has the Zoom software installed.  You may visit Zoom.us to install the needed software at no charge.

     If you do not wish to install software, you may utilize the web client.  You must be signed into a Zoom account and utilize a browser that meets the requirements.  Visit Zoom.us and login to your account to learn more about using the web client and its limitations.   
  2. Ensure your computer has a working camera, microphone and speakers that are compatible with Zoom.  You can do this by joining a test meeting online at Zoom.us/test.

     If your microphone and/or speakers do not work, you can use a phone to connect to the audio of the meeting.  However, you must remain on camera for the trial as well.  
  3. Ensure the internet or network connection you plan to use is steady and will not drop or fade out.  Ethernet/wired connections on a computer are best. 
  4. Ensure your computer is fully charged and you have a power supply nearby. 
  5. Ensure you are in an isolated, quiet space and turn off voice-activated devices and noise producing appliances around you when possible.   
  6. When prompted by Zoom for a display name, enter the First and Last Name with which you were summonsed.   
  7. Wait to be admitted to the meeting. You will be entered into the “waiting room” or will have to wait for the host to start the meeting. You should remain alert and ready to engage while in this waiting room. 
  8. Once admitted to the meeting, you should mute yourself until the court requests you to unmute yourself. Turn on your video. Listen carefully.

 

To participate via smartphone or tablet: 

  1. Ensure your device has the Zoom client installed.  You may visit Zoom.us or your device’s app store to install the needed software at no charge. 
  2. Ensure your device has a working camera, microphone and speakers.  You can do this by joining a test meeting online at Zoom.us/test.   
  3. Ensure the internet or network connection you plan to use is steady and will not drop or fade out.  
  4. Ensure your device is fully charged and you have a power supply nearby.
  5. Ensure you are in an isolated, quiet space and turn off voice-activated devices and noise producing appliances around you when possible.   
  6. Open the Zoom app on your phone and enter the meeting ID and password for the zoom meeting. Or navigate to the juror report instructions webpage and click the link. 
  7. When prompted by Zoom for a display name, enter the First and Last Name with which you were summonsed.   
  8. Wait to be admitted to the meeting by the court.  You will be entered into the “waiting room” or will have to wait for the host to start the meeting. You should remain alert and ready to engage while in this waiting room.
  9. Once admitted to the meeting, you should mute yourself until the court requests you to unmute yourself. Turn on your video. Listen carefully.