Jury Service

Contact Information
Renton Municipal Court
Renton, WA 98057
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 cause for excuse 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?

Please call the jury information line at 425-430-6545 on the Tuesday of the week of jury service for a recorded juror message. The information line will give further instructions. If you are required to report for jury duty, court staff will provide you with the time to report.

Is security provided?

You will pass through a security screening checkpoint as you enter the third floor of City Hall. Certain items may not be brought through security and must be left with security personnel at the checkpoint before you enter. 

Where do I park when I report for jury duty?

Jurors may park for free at the Renton City Hall. Parking is available on the plaza level and the lower level lot off Grady Way.
Be sure to display you parking permit on the dash of your vehicle. The parking permit is attached to your summons.
Please note that parking at Sam's Club is not allowed and unauthorized vehicles will be towed.

Where can I get driving directions to Renton Municipal Court?

Directions are available on the City Hall website or by calling (425) 430-6550.
If you are notified to report for jury duty, the courthouse is located on the third floor of City Hall.

What can I expect as a juror?

Can I bring reading material or a laptop?

You are welcome to bring reading material and laptops.  City Hall has wireless internet access. All persons and packages will be subject to security screening.

What if I have recently served? Can I be excused?

If you have reported for jury duty within the past 12 months, we are happy to excuse you from your current summons. Please contact the court at 425-430-6550.

How long will I serve?

Most trials are completed in two days or less.

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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