"Blue Card" - Respond to a summons
New Shorter Jury DutyJury duty has been shortened to one week or until dismissed by the court.
Your term of jury service is generally one week. This time may be extended if you are selected for a trial which may take longer than your original service requirement.
What does “or until dismissed by the court” mean?
Once you are assigned to a jury panel, you will stay on that case until the court releases you from your commitment.
You can respond one time only using the phone or web site:
- On the phone: call 253-798-8808 -- one time only
- You can accept your juror service on the phone line.
- To excuse – see below
- To check excusal status - see below
- To answer on the web now -- one time only
- To double check if you have been excused yet
- Do not use this during the week of your jury service; it will not give you the correct information.
- If it says "Not Eligible" you are logging into the wrong place for a work attendance slip or for the "Next Day's Call Group"
- If this fails see below
- Log-in with your badge number and date of birth:
- Phone (253-798-8808)
- Web – Look for “ Blue Summons Postcard”
- Double check your status the same way.
- Web –www.co.pierce.wa.us/superior/jury
- If you will be reporting for your Jury service date, it will say 'You are expected'.
- Parking Information
- Select a new date before you log in to the web.
- Usually 5 months out.
- Go through all 4 steps, at the end it will tell you that you are either expected, postponed or excused
- You can postpone to a different date once a year.
- Select any Monday (not a holiday) between now and 5 months out.
You can send us a written request, FAX, or email for excusal and/or postponement along with your juror badge number to:
930 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98402
FAX - 253-798-7057
This address is the return address on your Blue postcard or the Jury Summons form
Employment or Health provider letterhead
- Badge Number
- Short explanation
- Your signature --you are in agreement with this request to be excused.
You can only be excused from jury duty for:
- Medical Reason - Submit a letter from your healthcare provider stating that due to a medical condition you are unable to serve at this time.
- Please note that the Court does not keep past medical certificates or letters on file.
- Employment Conflict- Submit a letter from your employer on their letterhead, stating they cannot release you from your duties at this time or they do not compensate you for jury duty
- Dependent Care
- Financial Hardship
- Student status
- Military – deployment or living out of the area
How to Check Your Status
How will you know if you are excused?
We no longer send out a letter or postcard.
Check your status later by logging in a second time on our Blue Card Log-In page. If you are excused, it will say 'You are excused'.
If you are asking to be excused due to Employment Conflict or a Financial Hardship:
You need to submit a letter stating that it would be a financial hardship for you. The letter should be signed by you and your employer.
What happens if I don't report for jury duty?
Failure to appear is a misdemeanor pursuant to RCW 2.36.170. If you do not report on your scheduled date, you will receive a notice indicating you have failed to appear and that it is a misdemeanor and you may be held in contempt of Court.