Thurston County Welcomes
You to Jury Service
WARNING! Jury scams target the Thurston County community.
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 civil responsibility and should be taken seriously by everyone. These scams are not part of jury duty.
are ready to
respond to your
If you would
below is a list
steps for you to
After 6:00 p.m. on the Friday before your jury term
begins, or anytime over that weekend, call to reach the
Jury Information Line at (360) 786-5566.
- You will hear a recorded message which lists which
Group Numbers are to report to the courthouse on Monday
(or Tuesday, if Monday is a legal holiday).
If your Group Number is listed
you will be told what time to report to the courthouse as
well as the specific reporting location.
If your Group Number is NOT listed
you will be directed to call into the Jury Information Line
Monday evening, after 6:00 p.m. (or Tuesday, if Monday
is a legal holiday) to learn whether you are to report the
Continue to call in each evening, after 6:00 p.m.,
during your Term of Service to learn whether you are to
report for jury service.
Reporting times and locations vary so please listen
carefully to the recorded message.
Please use the Juror/Employee parking area or free
street parking unless traveling the distance from the
parking area to the courthouse would be a difficulty for you.
In that case you may park in the public parking area of the
courthouse. Do not park in reserved parking.
Use of handicap or disabled parking spaces require a permit.
Click here for directions to the courthouse.
You may reschedule your jury term once within a three month period.
Student: Please call (360) 754-3355 x 6582 so we can reschedule during your winter, spring or summer break.
Follow the required
process outlined on each page then click on the POSTPONE tab
where you will be able to indicate a date that will work
better for your schedule.
There are two steps that must be followed in order
for a request for excusal from service to be considered.
Complete the On-Line Response Pages
Then, email, mail, fax, or hand deliver a written letter to Jury
Administration citing the reason for the excusal request, along with
the required documentation (see below).
Requires letter or note from your physician or health
care provider. This statement does not need to include
personal medical information, simply the provider’s
recommendation as to whether you should serve. Letter must
include your Juror ID #, your full name, doctor’s full
name and contact information, and signature.
Requires a letter from both you and your employer.
Your employer’s letter must be on company letterhead,
and it must state the pay policy while serving on jury.
Your attached letter must state the financial hardship
that would be placed on you.
You do not need to divulge financial information.
You must include your Juror ID #, your full name, employer’s
name and contact information, and your signature.
Please provide documentation of your business, such as a copy
of your business license (not just the license number), along
with your letter stating the financial hardship that would be
placed on you. You do not need to divulge financial information.
Requires a copy of your class schedule or letter from the
Please call (360) 754-3355 x 6582 so we can reschedule during your winter, spring or summer break.
Request needs to include notification of base assignment,
copy of deployment order or commander’s letter designating
service member is mission essential in accordance with 10 USC 982.
Redact your Social Security Number and any other sensitive information.
Written requests should include your Juror ID #, your full name, and your
term of service. Please remember that Washington Law recognizes no
exemptions on the sole basis of profession.
MAIL DOCUMENTATION TO:
Jury Administration, Thurston County Superior Court
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building #2
Olympia, WA 98502
EMAIL DOCUMENTATION TO:
FAX DOCUMENTATION TO:
Requests must be received at least FOUR business
days before your term of service begins. Whether your
request for excusal is granted or denied, you will
receive an advisory postcard.
You will receive the summons
Summons are mailed 4 to 6 weeks prior to your term of
service. You will be directed to go to this website for
Then you will RESPOND to the summons
After reviewing all the information found on this
web page, click on the RESPOND button. You will
be transferred to the Jury Response Pages where you will:
Review/update your contact information (address and
Answer qualification questions. You must be
an American Citizen, a resident of Thurston
County, be able to communicate in the English
language, and be a non-felon or a felon with
civil rights restored).
Please be aware that at any time the court
may require you to provide documentation
to support your responses.
Complete a questionnaire. This information
will be used during the jury selection process.
Additional options. You will be allowed to
postpone your term of service once within two
months of the original summons date. You
will find information about how to request an
excusal from jury service.
If you seek to have your service postponed or
excused, you must still complete the qualification
and questionnaire sections.
For excusal requests, in addition to completing
the qualification and questionnaire sections,
you will be required to mail, email, or hand
deliver supportive documentation to Jury
Administration. You will receive a
postcard advising if your request for excusal
has been granted.
Next, you will dial the jury call-in phone number -
The weekend prior to your term of service, and each evening
after 6 p.m. throughout your term of service, dial the jury
call-in phone number (360) 786-5566 and listen to the
recorded message. Click the link above for the Call-In Procedure.
Finally, you will report for jury service –
If your group # is listed in the recorded message, you
will report to the courthouse as directed (the recording will
tell you the reporting time and location).
Failing to report for jury service, if directed, can
result in a misdemeanor. RCW 2.36.170.
Click the "Where is the Courthouse" button above for courthouse location and parking information.
Click the "Commonly Asked Questions" button below for the Dress Code.
Jury selection -
At the courthouse, you will check in, be given a short
orientation / presentation, and then be taken to a
courtroom to begin the jury selection process.
Where do I park when I report for jury service?
There is a parking lot for jurors
between the courthouse and the Red
Lion hotel, however, it does fill up
fast so you might want to plan to
arrive early. Bus service is
available from Capitol Lake and runs
approximately every fifteen (15)
minutes. Also, there is
usually parking a short walk from
the courthouse on Evergreen Loop
Drive. If you have a handicap
permit there are several parking
spaces available in front of the
Where do I report and what happens?
You will either be asked to
report to Building 1 or Building 2
at the Thurston County Courthouse.
Building 1 opens at 7:30 a.m. and
Building 2 opens at 8:00 a.m.
You may be asked to report as early as 7:00 a.m.
Where do I have lunch?
Jurors are welcome to bring their
lunch, however no refrigeration is
available. The Red Lion hotel
has a coffee shop and is within
walking distance. An espresso
bar is located in front of Building
2 and they provide several different
beverages, pastries and at lunchtime
offer sandwiches, salads and
Is security provided?
Building 2 and 3 have security officers
and a metal detector. Everyone
entering Building 2 or 3 will be
screened. Please do not take
this personally, as it is a safety
feature for all of us. It is
recommended that you limit what you
bring with you to the courthouse as
it will save time going through
security. It is recommended
that you bring some reading material
as there are periods of waiting.
Firearms, knives and other dangerous
weapons may not be taken into the
What should I wear for jury duty?
This building complex was built more than
40 years ago. Temperatures in
both buildings vary from courtroom
to courtroom and waiting areas. Business casual is the dress code
for jury duty and we recommend that
you dress in layers. Please do
not wear loungewear, beachwear,
athletic wear or shorts.
What should I bring?
You will have to go through security and storage space
is limited, so please do not bring any large bags,
unnecessary items, or anything that could be perceived
as a weapon. Please bring a water bottle that you will
be able to refill. We recommend you bring a book or
something to do during down time.
It is the policy of the Superior Court to ensure that all
individuals have equal and full access to the judicial system. If
you need a reasonable accommodation in order to serve as a
juror, please contact our offices as soon possible so that we can
coordinate this need.
(360) 754-3355 x 6582 (Jury Administrator)
(360) 754-2933 (TDD)
or (800) 737-7894
Click here for more information about the County's ADA Accommodation policies
If you would prefer to respond to your jury summons in
writing rather than on-line, please call
(360) 754-3355 x 6582 so that a full-sized paper
summons can be mailed to you.