Jury Service

Contact Information
Renton Municipal Court
Renton, WA 98057
425-430-6550
425-430-6544

The City of Renton welcomes its citizens to jury service and appreciates the commitment made when serving on a jury.

Jurors are summoned randomly from voter registration and driver license records. In order to qualify to serve; jurors must be 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of King County, able to communicate in the English language, and have not been convicted of a felony.

How are jurors selected?

Renton Municipal Court summons a random number of jurors for each week of the year. Jurors receive a jury summons from the court and eligible jurors are placed in a jury pool. Jury service is every Thursday and Friday for a period of one week. The average trial is one to two days in duration.

Are jurors paid?

Yes, jurors are compensated at a rate of $10.00 per day plus mileage.

What kind of cases do Renton Municipal Court jurors hear?

Municipal Court jurors hear testimony and view evidence regarding misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases such as DUI, driving while license suspended, theft, and assault. More serious felony cases such as robbery and homicide are handled in Superior Court. Jurors will not be hearing civil cases.

How do I request to be excused from jury service?

A medical exemption is an cause for beign excused from jury service. A letter from your physician must be attached to the juror summons and return to the court.

Job related exemptions require a letter from your employer. Since jury service is for a very limited amount of time, your employer must show that your presence is vital and that your absence would create an undue hardship.

Eligibility for jury duty stays in place as long as you live in King County. However, if you are now living a great distance away and travel is a hardship, you may request in writing to be excused.

A postponement of jury service can be obtained by writing to the court on the space provided on the summons.

How will I know when I need to report to court?

Call the jury information line at 425-430-6545 on the Tuesday of the week of jury service. The information line will give further instructions.

 

What can I expect as a juror?

For comprehensive information about the jury process please see the Washington Courts Jury Information Guide; or view the video created by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

 

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