Welcome to Jury Duty!
The courts all appreciate your willingness to serve in this vital role as a juror. It is a service only you and your fellow citizens can provide.
Since you are probably wondering what your jury service involves here are answers to the most commonly asked questions.
All of us at the courts look forward to your serving and assisting you during your jury service.
During the beginning of 2019, this office will be improving the jury system with a new program and your patience is greatly appreciated. If you have concerns about anything regarding your service when you are selected please feel free to call:
Sherry Carlson at 360-249-3842 ext 1818
She will be happy to answer any questions and help you through the process.
WARNING! Jury Scams
Scammers are calling and writing people and saying they missed jury duty.They are not court staff or from the sheriff’s office -- they are trying to steal your money or commit identity theft. They ask for money or personal information like Social Security numbers, birth dates, or bank account information. They may threaten you, say that there is a warrant for your arrest or say that you owe a court fine. Stop right there. Put away your wallet. Hang up the phone, ignore the email.
Court staff will never ask potential jurors for money or confidential information over the phone, email, or mail. Do not give money or information to these people. Just hang up or ignore the message. Anyone who responded to these scams should report the incident to the police. Jury duty is a vital civil responsibility and should be taken seriously by everyone. These scams are not part of jury duty.
How was I chosen?
Your name was selected at random from a jury source list put together from the voter registration, driver license, and Aidenticard@ records. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of the county in which you are to serve as a juror, and you must be able to communicate in English. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, you must have had your civil rights restored.
How long will I serve?
As of August 1999, the courts have shortened the term of service. The jury term in Grays Harbor County is one (1) month which you are usually only called in one time or one (1) trial. Keep in mind, if you are chosen to sit as a juror the trial may last longer than one week — most trials in Superior Court last 1 to 3 days.
How much is the compensation for jury service?
The compensation for jury service is $15.00 a day and a mileage fee.
Where do I park when I report for jury service?
There is a parking lot for jurors. The location is at the corner of Broadway and Fleet Streets. Watch out! Most other parking around the Courthouse is subject to time limits and often enforced by the City of Montesano. You are responsible if you receive a parking ticket.
Where do I report and what happens?
Report to the Grays Harbor County Courthouse on the second floor.
Your jury postcard or telephone recording will instruct which court you will be serving.
For Superior Court, the Clerk will be in the hallway on the second floor to check you in.
For District Court jury service report inside suite 202 on the second floor; they will instruct you what to do for that court.
In both Courts you are checked in; given a number, and asked to proceed to a courtroom where you will wait and also view a film describing jury duty.
Where do I have lunch?
Jurors are welcome to bring their lunch. There are several local places to eat within walking distance of the courthouse. Lunch break is 1 hour long.
How long will I be at the courthouse?
The normal court hours are from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. There can be some variation depending on the case you are serving on. If you are not chosen for a trial you could be excused anytime throughout the day.
How do I get excused from jury duty?
As an alternative to being excused, you may request to reschedule your jury service. Please put your request in writing on the jury summons you received and mail the summons to the court.
REQUESTS FOR RESCHEDULING OF OR EXCUSE FROM JURY SERVICE MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING.