Puyallup Municipal Court randomly selects potential jurors from Pierce County voter registrations and/or Department of Licensing records. You do not need special knowledge or skills to serve as a juror.
Who is eligible for jury service?
A Jury Summons Letter is mailed to you by the Court which determines eligibility to serve and explains the process. The Court requests eligible jurors remain on call for jury service for a period of one month period. Your service month is indicated at the top of your letter.
To be eligible for jury service, you must be 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident with a Puyallup address, and must be able to communicate and understand English. Additionally, if you have been convicted of a felony, your civil right must be restored for eligibility for jury duty.
If you meet all of the eligiblility requirments, the bottom portion of your letter should be signed, dated and returned to the jury clerk within 10 days.
Excusal from jury duty?
Certain individuals may have extraordinary circumstances that would interfere with their ability to serve (extreme hardship, chronic illness as per RCW 2.36.100). Any person requesting an excuse must submit a letter to the jury clerk indicating the hardship or reason for excuse. Please include in your letter an email address.
Letters will be reviewed, and you will be notified by mail or email (if email address provided) regarding the excusal request from jury duty.
Selection of potential jurors
While on active jury duty for the month, call the Clerk's Office at (253) 841-5450 option 1 for juror information, each Thursday during your service month. Instructions as to reporting are on the recorded line.
The average duration of a trial is one full day. Dress is appropriate, casual attire. You may also bring appropriate reading material for use during a recess or break. Parking is ample in the lots which surround the buildings and parking permits are not required.
Jury Duty: An obligation and an honor.
Most find jury duty an interesting and rewarding experience. We realize in today's world most are working and have very busy schedules so we appreciate your willingness to participate.
We sincerely thank all of you for taking the time for jury service - our system depends on you!