Olympia Municipal Court
900 Plum St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501-1403
Mailing Address: PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967
Judge or Clerk: Scott K. Ahlf, Judge, 360-753-8312; Maryam Olson, Administrator, 360-709-2783, firstname.lastname@example.org; Monica Schneider, Probation Manager , 360-753-8263, email@example.com
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- How was I chosen? - Jurors are picked at random from lists of registered voters and people with driver's licenses.
- Is it illegal to not respond to, or miss, jury duty summons? - Yes, you are legally required to respond, and may face penalties for noncompliance.
- What about my job? - You are legally protected from your employer from firing, coercing, or intimidation of any permanent employee because of jury service.
- Will I get paid? - Employers are not required to provide salary during jury service, but jurors will be paid a daily rate based on court and length of service. Courts may also reimburse for reasonable transportation expenses and parking fees. If required to stay overnight, subsistence allowance covering meals and lodging may also be paid.
- How do I get out of jury duty? - You must qualify for one of the exemptions below, or be able to present a case of "undue hardship or extreme inconvenience"
- To serve, you must be a US citizen; at least 18 years old, reside primarily in the district for 1 year, be proficient in English well enough to complete the juror qualification form, not have a disqualifying mental or physical condition, not currently subject to felony charges punishable by more than 1 year, and never have been convicted of a felony unless civil rights have been legally restored.
- To be exempt, depending on local laws and specific court policies, exemptions MAY include persons over age 70, and those having recently served on a jury (usually within 1-3 years depending on county policy). In the state of Washington, there are no automatic professional or government employee exemptions. If any of these apply to you, contact the court to verify they observe the exemption.
- Federal court jury service MAY include additional exemptions for Armed forces on active duty, professional fire and police department members, or actively engaged full-time public government officers. Does not apply to local or county courts. Call to verify you qualify for the exemption.
- At the courts discretion, you may be excused based on "undue hardship or extreme inconvenience". A letter should be written to the clerk of court explaining the issue. Conflicting Employment or vacations schedules may allow for deferral to a later date.
- Questionnaires are usually filled out to determine a juror's eligibility for selection in Petit trial and Grand Jury cases.
- What is the dress code for jury duty? - Business standard attire is recommended. Ties are not required. Shorts, mini-skirts, torn jeans, tank tops, flip-flops, and non-religious type hats are usually not permitted. Shoulders, backs, chests, and midriffs must be covered. No see-through type or suggestive clothing is allowed.
- What can I bring? - Call the court to check for bans on any electronic devices. Some government buildings allow electronic devices and food or drink in waiting areas, but are forbidden in court. No weapons of any kind are allowed.
- For a speeding ticket, parking violation, or traffic citation, the back of the ticket will list instructions on how to resolve the offence. A number or address will detail as to where to send payment, or you can pay or appeal in person at the courthouse listed.
- Some cities offer open court documents, criminal records, court cases, and public records on their website. If a web address is not listed above, or does not offer them, the county clerk of courts will be happy to help you over the phone or direct you to the keeper of the record.
- Most states have Public Information Acts that provides for public access to most open government records, and for the sale of copies. Verify with your local states laws.
- The Public Access to Court Records (PACER) US website can help you find case and docket information.
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