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.
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 is located at the corner of Broadway and Fleet Streets, most other parking around the Courthouse is subject to time limits and is enforced by the City of Montesano.
Where do I report and what happens?
Grays Harbor County Courthouse on the second floor, your jury postcard or telephone recording will instruction which court you will be serving at. For Superior court jury service the Clerk will be in the hallway to check you in, For District Court jury service report inside suite 202 on the second floor and 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.
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.
You can only be excused from jury duty for undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, public necessity or any reason deemed sufficient by the courts.
If you are asking to be excused for a health problem, you need your doctor to fax an excusal at the following fax number: 360-249-6381.
If you are asking to be excused for a financial hardship, you need to have your employer fax a letter on their letterhead, stating they do not compensate you for jury duty and it would be a financial hardship for you. Fax number 360-249-6381.
REQUESTS FOR RESCHEDULING OF OR EXCUSAL FROM JURY SERVICE MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING. EMAIL REQUESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.