Jury

During the COVID-19 pandemic judges across the country have been asking the same question: How can we safely provide access to justice? In March, Lynnwood Municipal Court suspended many hearings, holding court only for emergent matters.  Jury trials were also suspended.    Over the last couple of months, we have slowly expanded our operations and returned to a full schedule in August.   The right to a jury trial is one of the cornerstones of our democracy, and jury trials necessarily involve sacrifice from those citizens called upon to serve. This has always been true, but it is especially true during these unique and trying times.  

Jury trials are necessary to the open administration of justice in the state of Washington.  By order of the Washington State Supreme Court, all jury trials were postponed until at least July 6. The suspension of jury trials was needed to protect the health of court users and court staff, and it gave us the opportunity to redesign our jury process with the input of public health officials. It is now critical that we re-start jury trials, which are key to the fair administration of justice.  As such, Lynnwood Municipal Court will be resuming jury trials in September. We hope you will be willing to answer the call to serve.  Diverse juries are a critical component of justice.  We want to assure you that every reasonable precaution will be taken to enhance the health and safety of all jurors, attorneys and Court staff during jury selection and the jury trial to follow. 

submit your questionnaire electronically:

Jury Questionnaire

 

Your name was drawn from the merged list of registered voters and drivers throughout Snohomish County as a prospective juror.  Each month a random drawing of names from the prospective jury list are selected and summoned to appear as a prospective juror.

Parking at the Civic Justice Center is very limited. Please feel free to park across the street in the Olive Garden/Red Lobster parking lot and walk across the street to the court house. There are disabled parking spots directly in front of the building as well.

Report to the Municipal Court Clerk's Office on the second floor of the Civic Justice Center at 19321 44th Ave. W Lynnwood, WA 98036.

Most jury trials last no longer than 1 day but please take note that you may be here after business hours depending on the trial. Please bring reading material with you as there may be long waiting periods throughout the day.

Typically, jurors are excused for lunch on their own at noon.  You may want to bring a sack lunch and eat in the jury room or at the park across the street or have lunch in one of the many restaurants in Lynnwood. Due to ongoing health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic the court will not be able to provide any snacks or refreshments.

Often jury trials cancel at the last minute. Lynnwood Municipal Court has a recorded message, both on our website and via telephone that updates the status of jury duty so that you will not unnecessarily appear. Be sure to call the recorded message (425-670-5529) or visit our website the night before to verify that you are still needed.

If it is impossible for you to serve, please set forth in full details all of your reasons. If your reasons are not legally adequate, you may still be required to serve. Please send your request for excusal to the Jury Coordinator at Jury@LynnwoodWA.gov.