Summons for Jury Service

You are summoned for a term of jury service beginning on the date shown on your Summons.

You will need your 9-digit participant number to access your reporting instructions. This number appears below your name on your Summons.

You are only required to travel to the courthouse when specifically instructed to do so via the reporting instructions. If you call and are not needed to report during the first week of your term, please keep in mind you may be required to report during the time remaining in your term, so continue to call in as instructed during your entire term.

Please review the JURY SERVICE (Spokane/Yakima/Richland)  brochure included with your summons.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did you get my name and why was I summoned?

Every two years, prospective grand and petit juror names are randomly drawn from two sources:

  1. general election voter registration lists, and
  2. the records of holders of drivers’ licenses and identification cards.

Those lists are then combined to create the Master Jury Wheel. A random selection of names from our Master Jury Wheel are then drawn and mailed the qualification questionnaire for consideration of future federal jury service. Citizen residents within the Eastern District of Washington, who are deemed qualified to serve as jurors based upon their answers to the questionnaire, are then randomly summoned for an on-call jury term over the course of a two-year period.

Our Court's Jury Plan establishes how we select grand and petit juries at random from a fair cross-section of the community in the district wherein the court convenes.

Why am I being summoned out of my county?

Jurors who serve in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington, are selected pursuant to the Court’s Jury Plan. Under Our Court's Jury Plan, it is our policy that all litigants in this Court, entitled to trial by jury, shall have the right to grand and petit juries selected at random from a fair cross-section of the community. This Court has jurisdiction over twenty counties, including: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima. All citizens resident within the Eastern District of Washington shall have the opportunity to be considered for service on grand and petit juries and shall have the obligation to serve as jurors when summoned for that purpose.

How do I request a postponement or an excuse?

If you would like to postpone your service to a different two-week term, you may do so with eJuror online, or you may mark one of the dates available on the Request to Postpone Your Service form (included in your summons packet) and return it to the Court.

The Court will automatically grant one postponement and your request must be received within ten days of receipt of your summons. If you have already been postponed once, you will need to contact the Jury Office to discuss your situation.

Important Information re: Excuse Requests

The right of citizens to a jury trial is guaranteed by the federal constitution and service as a juror, when called, is a fundamental duty of citizenship. Accordingly, the Court is required to carefully scrutinize any request to be excused from jury service.

If you believe you should be excused from jury service because jury service would cause undue hardship or extreme inconvenience or because your service would have a negative impact on the public, please make your request in writing. Your letter must be sent within ten days of receipt of your summons.

Once you have been instructed to report for jury service, you may not be excused unless there is an emergency or extenuating circumstance.

What will I be paid?

Juror Checks are mailed within one week of service.

  • If you are not selected, one week from the date of selection proceedings.
  • If you are selected, one week from the conclusion of the trial.  If the trial is longer than one week, you'll be reimbursed on a weekly basis.

Spokane Division

  • $40.00 attendance fee including for travel day.
  • $149.00 per night for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay at a hotel. We will need a copy of your hotel receipt.
  • $61.00 partial per diem for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay with friends or relatives.
  • Mileage and $8.00 flat fee for those who pay to park in a lot/facility. Jurors are responsible for any parking violation tickets issued. Public parking lots/facilities are available. DO NOT park at a meter as selection takes several hours.

Yakima and Richland Division

  • $40.00 attendance fee including for travel day.
  • In Yakima $129.00 per night for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay at a hotel. We will need a copy of your hotel receipt.
  • In Richland $136.00 per night for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay at a hotel. We will need a copy of your hotel receipt.
  • $46.00 partial per diem for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay with friends or relatives.
  • Mileage

Where should I park?

Spokane:

If you pay to park IN A LOT/FACILITY, you will be reimbursed a flat fee of $8.00. You may park in any lot you choose. However, the closest lot is Riverpark Square Parking Garage which is one block north of the courthouse on Main Street. Before 8:30 a.m., only the Spokane Falls Blvd. entrance is open.

Click here for additional parking options.

Yakima:

The nearest parking lot is directly across Third Street from the Courthouse, and it belongs to the City of Yakima. Parking is FREE and limited to 4 hours. Jurors who are selected and impaneled will be provided a parking pass for the duration of the trial.

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Richland:

Free public parking is located north of the Federal building along Jadwin Avenue.

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I live a great distance from the court, can I stay the night?

If you live more than 60 miles one-way from the courthouse, you are entitled to travel the day before reporting if your reporting time is in the morning.

Spokane Per Diem and Hotels:

  • $149.00 per night for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay at a hotel. We will need a copy of your hotel receipt.
  • $61.00 partial per diem for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay with friends or relatives.
  • Click here for a link to Spokane Hotels.

Yakima Per Diem:

  • $129.00 per night for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay at a hotel. We will need a copy of your hotel receipt.
  • $46.00 partial per diem for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay with friends or relatives.
  • Click here for a link to Yakima Hotels.

Richland Per Diem:

  • In Richland $136.00 per night for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay at a hotel. We will need a copy of your hotel receipt.
  • $46.00 partial per diem for jurors who reside 60 miles or more from the courthouse and stay with friends or relatives.
  • Click here for a link to Richland Hotels.

What if I fail to appear for jury service?

Title 28, United States Code, Section 1866(g) provides, “Any person summoned for jury service who fails to appear as directed may be ordered by the district court to appear forthwith and show cause for failure to comply with the summons. Any person who fails to show good cause for noncompliance with a summons may be fined not more than $1,000, imprisoned not more than 3 days, ordered to perform community service, or any combination thereof.”

Is there a dress code?

While no formal dress code exists, jurors are requested to dress in a manner respectful to the litigants and the Court. The courtrooms are generally very cool, so you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket.

What can I expect to happen when I report for selection?

When you arrive, you will first be checked in by the jury staff. A brief orientation will be provided, followed by the viewing of an informational video. Afterward, you will proceed to the courtroom for jury selection. Jury selection typically lasts one to three hours. If you are selected, your trial will generally begin on the day you report. If you live farther than commuting distance, please travel on the assumption you may be required to stay the week.

Does the law protect my employment?

Under Title 28, United States Code, Section 1875:

a) No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce any permanent employee by reason of the employee’s jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service, in any court of the United States.

b) An employer who violates the provisions of this section:

  • Shall be liable for damages for any loss of wages or other benefits suffered by an employee by reason of the violation.
  • May be enjoined from further violations and ordered to provide other appropriate relief, including but not limited to the reinstatement of any employee discharged by reason of jury service.
  • Shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation, and may be ordered to perform community service.

Can I bring a friend or relative with me?

Yes. They are welcome to join you for the orientation and may also go into the courtroom for the selection process.

Are juror fees reportable income?

The IRS considers juror attendance fees to be Other Income and must be reported. At the end of each year a 1099 MISC form will be mailed to all jurors who earn $600 or more in attendance fees in the calendar year. This applies only to the "attendance fee" and not for reimbursement for travel expenses (mileage, tolls, etc.).