THE NIGHT BEFORE JURY, CALL 360-249-4660
THIS JURY LINE IS UPDATE AND OPEN 24/7
The courts appreciate your willingness to serve in this vital role as a juror. It is a service only you and your fellow citizens can provide. All of us at the courts look forward to your serving and assisting you during your jury service. If you have questions or concerns about anything regarding your service please feel free to call:
Since you are probably wondering what your jury service involves, below are answers to the most commonly asked questions.
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 civic 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.
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 based on the address on file to the Grays Harbor Court House in Montesano.
Where do I park when I report for jury service?
There is a parking lot on the corner of Fleet and Broadway.
The City of Montesano will ticket if you park in the time limited street parking,
Where do I report?
Report to the address on your postcard. 102 W Broadway, Montesano, Wa.
Your jury postcard or telephone recording will instruct which court you will be serving.
The postcard will have the address, time, and date.
Where do I have lunch?
There are several locations for lunch in Montesano. Many will accommodate your rush of one hour knowing that the courthouse is closed between 12-1 for county employees.
How long will I be at the location?
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 questionnaire you received and mail the summons to the court.
If you have health issues, and wish to be permanently removed, please send a doctor's note simply stating that they would like you to be "permanently removed due to health issues."
There is no need for divulging your medical records.
By law, the Clerk cannot excuse jurors due to work related burdens. RCW 2.36.100
Jurors need to check-in to report to the Honorable Judge to explain burdens.
What number do I call the night before?
The night before Jury, call to see if your panel still has to report.
This number is updated daily.
The online portal says I am summoned for a Saturday?
NO! YOU ARE NOT TO SHOW UP ON A SATURDAY.
THE ONLINE PORTAL HAS TO HAVE A DATE IN FOR THE SYSTEM TO ACCEPT THE MONTH.
PLEASE WAIT FOR YOUR POSTCARD WITH THE LOCATION, DATE & TIME TO ARRIVE.
Why do I keep getting chosen, and my friend never does?
There could be several reasons why.
The addresses and names are chosen at random. The addresses are updated monthly. If you move within the year, again, you will receive a summons. If your name on your driver's license says, "John A Doe" and your voter registration says, "John Allen Doe" the system considers that two different individuals.
If your trial was cancelled, your badge number is placed back into the generator for another chance of being summoned. The reset is done on the calendar year. January to December. In theory one could be chosen in Dec and again in Jan.
Always give us a call for any questions or issues you may have.
We can check the system for any address glitches and double names.
We can always move your service to a better time for your schedule, once you are chosen.
I filled out the questionnaire. Now what?
Now you wait for the little postcard to be sent to you IF you are chosen.
IF you are chosen, the postcard with have the case information and location.
IF you are not chosen you will not receive a postcard.