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Thurston County, Washington

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Superior Court

Locations for Jury Orientation

When calling 360-786-5566 to find out your call-in procedure listen carefully for the site location you need to report to:  

Main Campus Courthouse - 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502 Bldg 1, Room 152

Chandler Court Courtroom - 2404 Chandler Court SW, Olympia, WA 98502

Please read jury summons process below. When you are ready to respond, click the Respond link. 

Notice 8/3/2023 : Please click here to learn about National Court Scams. 

Jury scams targeting the Thurston County community

Individuals are calling citizens and stating they missed jury duty and a warrant has now been issued. The callers is identifying themselves as a Thurston County Sheriff deputy and has the citizen’s name, address, and phone number. The caller is providing a number that they claim is associated with the missed jury service. Name, address, and phone numbers are available via public records not associated with jury duty. The numbers being provided are not associated with the Court’s official jury management system. These callers are not court staff or from the sheriff’s office. Court staff will never ask potential jurors for money or confidential information like Social Security numbers, birth dates, or bank account information over the phone, email, or mail. If you receive a phone call, hang up and put away your wallet. Anyone who responded to these scams should report the incident to the police.

Respond

​If you would like more information about the process, below is a list of questions, answers, information, and steps for you to take.

Normal business hours Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Phone: 360-754-4107

Fax: 360-754-4060

Email: Thurstonjury@co.thurston.wa.us

  1. 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 further information.
     
  2. 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 address and contact information.
    • 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.
    • You are 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, on this webpage.
      • 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.
         
  3. 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 information on the Call-In Procedure.
     
  4. Finally, you will report for jury service 
    If your group number 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" Option above for courthouse location and parking information.

    Click the "Commonly Asked Questions" Option below for the Dress Code.
     

  5. Jury selection 
    At the courthouse, you will check in, be given an orientation and presentation, and then be taken to a courtroom to begin the jury selection process.
  • ​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 following day.
  • 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.

There are two steps that must be followed in order for a request for excusal from service to be considered.

STEP ONE: Complete the On-Line Response Pages (Respond link at the top of this page) 

STEP TWO: Then, email, mail, fax, or hand deliver a written letter to Jury Administration citing the reason for the excusal request, along with the required supporting documents (see below).

Supportive Documentation:

Medical: Requires letter or note from your physician or health care provider. This statement does not need to include personal medical information, but simply the provider’s recommendation as to whether you should serve. The letter must include your Juror ID #, your full name, doctor’s full name and contact information, and signature. This excusal will be valid for only this term of service (12 months from summons date). If a permanent excusal is necessary, the letter from the physician or health care provider must include that language.

Financial: 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 a 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.

Self-Employed: 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 give financial information.

Student: Requires a copy of your class schedule or letter from the registrar’s office.
Please call 360-754-4107 so we can reschedule during your winter, spring or summer break.

Military: Request needs to include notification of base assignment, copy of deployment order or commander’s letter designating that the service member is mission essential in accordance with 10 USC 982. Redact your Social Security Number and any other sensitive information.

80 years of age or older: Please provide a letter that states you are at least 80 years old and unable to serve due to health reasons. You do not need to provide a doctor’s note or medical documentation. A form is available for you to use but is not required.

Other: Written requests should include your Juror ID #, your full name, and your term of service. Please remember that Washington Law recognizes no exemptions based only on a person's profession.

MAIL DOCUMENTATION TO:
Jury Administration, Thurston County Superior Court
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building #2
Olympia, WA 98502

EMAIL DOCUMENTATION TO:
THURSTONJURY@co.thurston.wa.us

FAX DOCUMENTATION TO:
360-754-4060

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 may reschedule your jury term once within a two-month period.

For the date change to be effective, you first must complete the ON-LINE RESPONSE PAGES (see the RESPOND button at the top of this page).

Once at the ON-LINE RESPONSE PAGES, 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.

If you would prefer to respond to your jury summons in writing rather than on-line, please call 360-754-4107 so that a full-sized paper summons can be mailed to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Main Campus: Jurors should park in the designated jury parking lot, LOT D. This lot is on the southwest side of the courthouse complex, accessible from Lakeridge Way SW. 

Chandler Court: Please do not park in the cul-de-sac. You may park in the parking lot, on Chandler Court, or Evergreen Park Drive.

Directions to the courthouse

You will either be asked to report to Building 1 or Building 2 at the Thurston County Courthouse. Building 1 opens at 6:00 a.m. and Building 2 opens at 8:00 a.m. You may be asked to report as early as 7:00 a.m. There will be signs posted to direct you to the correct building.

Jurors are welcome to bring their lunch, however no refrigeration is available. The Olympia hotel has a coffee shop and is within walking distance.

Buildings 2 and 3 at the Main Campus Location and the Chandler Court location have security officers and a metal detector. Everyone entering court facilities 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 courthouse.

Additional information on what to expect when visiting the courthouse.

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.

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.

Additional information on what to expect when visiting the courthouse.

​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.

360-754-4107 (Jury Administrator)
7-1-1 (TTY)
or AccessibilitySuperiorCourt@co.thurston.wa.us

Additional information about the Court's ADA policies and procedures. 

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COVID Information

The Court understands that jury service during this time could cause concern, the Court is taking precautions to ensure your safety and protect your health, this includes: 

  • Using a self-screening tool for jurors.
  • Effective November 21, 2022, Thurston County Superior Court will no longer require masks or other face coverings in public spaces and in courtrooms. Masks will remain available at entrances to the courthouses. People who visit courthouses are encouraged to assess their individual and household circumstances in deciding whether to wear face coverings. This change in protocol was established after consideration of input from county public health, state guidance and the current CDC low community risk level for Thurston County. Court administration will continue receiving regular updates from public health and this mask policy may be subject to change.

Daily COVID-19 Screening: Jurors

The Court is utilizing this self-screening tool developed by the Washington State Department of Health to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In the last 14 days have you had any of these symptoms that is not attributable to another condition?

• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fever
• Chills, shaking
• Muscle pain, body aches, fatigue
• Headache
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell
• You, or someone you have had close contact with has been diagnosed with COVID-19

If you answer yes to any of these criteria, or are considered to be in the high-risk group, and wish to reschedule your jury duty, please contact the Jury Administrator before your scheduled report day at (360) 754-4107 or thurstonjury@co.thurston.wa.us to have your service rescheduled to a later date.

WARNING! Jury Scam

Jury scams target the Thurston County community.

Individuals are calling and writing people and saying they missed jury duty. They are not court staff or from the sheriff’s office.   Court staff will never ask potential jurors for money or confidential information like Social Security numbers, birth dates, or bank account information over the phone, email, or mail. If you receive a phone call hang up and put away your wallet. Anyone who responded to these scams should report the incident to the police.

Courthouse Locations

 Directions to the Courthouse

​Thurston County Courthouse

Chandler Court