Jury Service

PER THE SUPREME COURT'S SECOND REVISED AND EXTENDER ORDER REGARDING COURT OPERATIONS ALL JURY TRIALS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY 2020. IF YOU RECEIVED A JURY SUMMONS FOR MAY AND JUNE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REPORT OR RETURN SAID FORM.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW LIVE STREAMING OF COURT PROCEEDINGS**
**Only availble while court is in session. Also, please note that court recordings must the accessed using the Chrome browser, Internet Explorer is not compatible with the live streaming service provided by AVCapture.

**Please note that court recordings must the accessed using the Chrome browser, Internet Explorer is not compatible with the live streaming service provided by AVCapture.

In response to the public health emergency in the County of Kittitas State of Washington, the Kittitas County Superior Court has suspended jury service through April 30, 2020. All persons summoned for jury duty until May 4, 2020, do not need to call or come to Superior Court.

For specific details please see Second Revised and Extended Order Regarding Court Operations, Extended and Revised Order re Dependency and Termination Cases,Emergency Administrative Rule Dated May 8th, 2020, and Emergency Local Rule.

Per the Court’s Emergency Local Rule dated 04.20.2020 public access will be provided for telephonic hearings by allowing the public to listen to hearings contemporaneously. To do so follow these instructions:

For hearings before The Honorable L. Candace Hooper in Department 1 call 509-933-8299 and follow instructions: Meeting ID 025. If attendances call in before the host they will sit on hold for up to 15 minutes before being disconnected. If attendees call in after the host they would enter the attendee access code 1234.

For hearings before The Honorable Scott R. Sparks in Department 2 call 509-933-8299 and follow instructions: Meeting ID 533. If attendances call in before the host they will sit on hold for up to 15 minutes before being disconnected. If attendees call in after the host they would enter the attendee access code 9876.

If you have any questions or trouble connecting to the conference call contact: Superior Court Administrator at 509-962-7533 or Superior Court Clerk at 509-962-7531

For in person hearings, public access will be provided by allowing the public to enter the courthouse and attend the hearing. To do so, the public should access the 5th Street entrance. Security will be present to allow the public into the courthouse and direct them to the court and at the conclusion will direct them to the appropriate exit.

Contact

Jury Administration
509-962-7534

Jury Recording
509-962-7611

The Superior Court is responsible for calling citizens to jury duty. Persons receiving a Jury Summons from Kittitas County Superior Court have been randomly chosen from pool of prospective jurors derived from a list of voter registrations, driver registrations and Washington State identification cards for residents of Kittitas County.

Excuses and Requests

If a prospective juror encounters circumstances, such as personal emergencies, reasonable accommodation will be made to defer service to a later date. Every special circumstance will be addressed on an individual basis. You can view the exemption and deferment request that appears on the jury summons.

Most jury trials last 1 to 2 days and jurors are free to return home in the evenings. Jurors are usually asked to report one time or serve on one trial.

Kittitas County Superior Court uses a "phone-in" system to inform jurors when their services will be required. Jurors must call (509) 962-7611 after 5:30 p.m. the night before your assigned jury service dates. Listen carefully to the recording which is self-explanatory.

Juror Qualifications

To qualify for jury duty, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Reside in Kittitas County
  • Be able to communicate in the English language (RCW 2.36.070)
  • Not be a felon on community custody with the Department of Corrections.

Compensation

Jurors are compensated at a rate of $15 a day and mileage per the IRS mileage reimbursement rate.

Courtroom Etiquette

Please dress appropriately (no tank tops or shorts). Do not bring small children.

Parking

You may park in any of the parking lots near the Kittitas County Courthouse. Handicapped parking is also available.

Employers

Your employer must allow a juror time off from work to serve on jury duty. State law says employers shall not deprive an employee of employment or threaten, coerce, or harass an employee or deny an employee promotional opportunities for serving as a juror. However, an employer is not required to compensate the difference in pay for jury service.

Failure to Appear

Failure to appear for jury duty is a misdemeanor under RCW 2.36.170 and may result in the issuance of a warrant. If you are unable to report as instructed, you must notify the Superior Court Administrator's office (509) 962-7534 immediately during regular office hours.