General Jury Information
Persons receiving a juror summons from the Chelan County Clerk's Office have been randomly chosen from the pool of prospective jurors.
Prospective jurors must immediately complete and return the juror questionnaire. All information received will be treated confidentially. It is important to provide complete information so that the court can either qualify you to serve or excuse you from service.
“Without you participating, there is no justice.”
Important Notice to Jurors:
Most jury trials last 3 to 4 days and jurors are free to return home in the evenings. Jurors are usually required to serve on one trial.
Jurors are selected at random from lists of voter registrations, drivers licenses, and Washington State identification cards for residents of Chelan County. The lists are combined and duplicate names are eliminated. However, different spellings or name variations may result in duplication.
Jurors are compensated at rates established by State and County law. Per Diem and mileage will be paid. Please check your odometer when traveling to court. Checks are usually mailed four to six weeks after the jury term ends.
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Reside in Chelan County
- Be able to communicate in the English language (RCW 2.36.070)
- Not be a convicted felon or if convicted, must have had his or her rights restored
- Very few people are excused from jury duty. RCW 2.36.100 states that no person may be excused from jury service by the court except upon showing undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, public necessity, or any reason deemed sufficient by the court for the period of time the court deems necessary.
How Service Works:
Each juror is assigned a group number and juror number for the two week term of jury service.
Jurors must call their assigned phone number after 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the first day of jury duty and listen for his or her group number. The recording will tell the juror which group numbers are supposed to report for jury service on the next court day.
If the juror is not needed to report, the recording will reschedule the juror for another day during the two week term. The juror must then call the recording again after 5:00 p.m. the night before the next scheduled reporting date for updated reporting instruction.
Chelan County uses a "phone-in" system to inform jurors when their services will be required. You must call until you are excused from service.
Call after 5:00 p.m. on the day instructed. You will report for duty the following working day or you will be instructed to call again. Jurors are identified by their "group number" printed on the reverse side of your instructions. Listen carefully to be sure that the message on the recording is for your assigned jury group.
If you forget to call, call the jury administrator at (509) 667-6383 the following day between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Don't call the recording on a different date, as it will have been set for a new jury panel. ( Exception : Friday night messages are available for the entire weekend.)
If you do not receive a message, please check to be sure that you are calling on the correct month and day. If the equipment malfunctions, a message for jurors will be placed on KPQ Radio news.
You will serve on only one trial. Trials are usually one to three days in duration.
Jurors are compensated at rates established by State and County law. Per Diem and mileage will be paid. Please check your odometer when traveling to court.
Please dress appropriately. (No tank tops or shorts.) Do not bring small children.
Call 667-6383 between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Return questionnaires or requests for excuse within 10 days.
Dress appropriately. Dress slacks, shirt, skirt, or blouse show respect for the court. Clean jeans and dress shirt would also be acceptable. Hats are not allowed.
- Food or drinks are not allowed in the courtroom.
- Weapons of any kind are not allowed in the courthouse.
- The courtroom is not an appropriate place for children. Please arrange for someone to watch them while you are in court. Even if you plan on leaving your children in the lobby, if they are too noisy and it disturbs court proceedings, security may have you remove them from the building.
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.