"Blue Card" - Respond to a summons
You are now ready to Respond to the Blue Card Summons.
You can respond using the phone or web site: You will need to complete the entire process the first time you access either the phone or the web login. (You can do this only once, as the automated system collects information and does not allow for multiple attempts.)
- To ACCEPT, POSTPONE, or request an EXCUSAL, answer on the web now -- one time only
- To ACCEPT your juror Service on the phone: call 253-798-8808 -- one time only. This will take about 10 minutes or so as you answer the multiple questions.
- Excusals and postponements can be done thru the web login or by contacting Jury Administration by email or phone Please see the information below..
NOTE: this web login can also be used to see your status if you're waiting for an answer on a previously submitted excusal.
Excused Status? - How to Check Your StatusHow 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'.
- Juror Login
- Step 1 - Verify Name & Employer
- Step 2 - Verify Address and Phone Number
- Step 3 - Answer Qualifying Questions
- Step 4 - Accept, Postpone or Request Excusal
- Response Completed
Check the "certify" box and submit.
If it's not working,
First, check the name on the card to make sure it is you, and not someone else in your family, your neighbor, or a name you don't recognize. Or the data for your DOB may be in our system incorrectly.
Contact us and we'll help you.
STEP 1 - VERIFY NAME AND EMPLOYER
We need to ensure the red & white summons and your jury check are sent to the correct name.
- If your name has changed, please change it here.
- ADA Accomodations: Choose if there is anything you may need so you can serve. We have listening devices and can arrange for a American Sign Lnguage Interpreter. Other language concerns, such as English is not your primary language, will be addressed in the Step 3.
- Add your employer and your occupation.
STEP 2 - VERIFY ADDRESS AND PHONE
Please verify the address is current. If your address has changed, please make the changes to ensure your summons and paycheck are mailed to the right place. Double check to make sure you have it correct.
- If you live out of Pierce County, it may not accept the change of address. Don’t worry, the 3rd step will cover “moved” issues.
Phone number – this is important. We may need to contact you by phone (cell, work or home)?
- Once you are part of a court case, you will get a special badge and court specific instructions. If we cannot find you, we will call you.
- Every morning we do roll call for returning panels assigned the day before. If you are not here, we will call to find out why you are delayed (such as parking.)
STEP 3 - ANSWER QUALIFYING QUESTIONS
This step may resolve some of the issues or concerns you had earlier in this process
- You must mark all the questions honestly and completely.
- Once done, go to the bottom ‘next’ and submit
- 4th step will return the results if you are qualified for jury duty or excused.
To qualify to do jury duty you must –
- Be a citizen
- Live in Pierce County (During your jury sevice)
- Be over 18 years old
- Understand English well enough to go to court and make a decision about the case.
You have to tell us if you may not meet these qualifications.
IF YOU HAVE ANSWERED NO TO QUESTIONS 1-3 AND THE 2ND PART OF QUESTION 4,
you are not qualified for Jury duty, automatically EXCUSED and do not need to come in.
If you are qualified for Jury Duty (none of your answers resulting in an an automatic excusual), you now are at the screen to choose to ACCEPT, POSTPONE to a later date, or request an EXCUSAL.
RESPONSE PROCESS COMPLETE
You've been either excused because you're answers to questiosn 1-4 disqualified your, or you have a pending excusal request. If neither of those, you have been accepted with a report / start date.
- Print off that page
- You should get your red & white summons with your group number in the mail at least one week before your start date
- Call 253-798-7782 the Friday before your report date and follow those instructions
- Listen carefully for location changes
- Arrive in this area between 7:00-7:30 for best parking
- Come through security, use the restroom
- Check in with Jury Administration
See you soon and Welcome to Jury Duty!
You accept. You will receive the red & white summons with your group number and call-in instructions
- If the report date is less than 1-2 weeks in the future, please email us for your next best step.
- If there is only a few days before you are to report and
- You plan to commit and complete jury duty, come in on the first day of the week, arrive at 7:30 a.m and bring your blue postcard.
- If you cannot commit to this date, do not come in. Send us an email. We will respond on the next workday with a better plan for you, a new date or excusal
If you need to postpone to a later time, you can request a postponement during the final (4th) step of the juror response webpage.
Select any Monday (not a holiday) no more than 5 months out.
- This is a special step for committed jurors to select a later or better date for you and your schedule (work, vacation, planned events.)
- Be cautious, this is not where you delay to make time to a doctor’s note. You should request an excusal (next option) and you will still have several weeks to contact your doctor or work. Mark the excusal reason instead.
You can postpone only once using the web response option.
If you require an additional postponement, send your written request to:
930 Tacoma Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
You need to be excused –you cannot do jury duty at all – no problem read on.
Review our excusal section for your situation
For work or health, we are just waiting for your letter.
Do not wait to bring it in on your first day (you can bring it sooner)
Please mail, fax or email your excusal letter
Email us if you have a special situation not included, we listen.
All reasons are found under
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
- Business Owner - Please send the excusal letter on your company letterhead, and provide a copy of your business license or business card. Make sure to include your juror badge number.
- First Responder - Send a short email from your work email requesting to be excused for work reasons.
- Dependent Care
- Financial Hardship
- Student status
- Military – deployment or living out of the area
- Deceased - Click on this link to remove the name from the juror database - Remove Name
- Not Qualified - Would mean you moved out of Pierce County, you are not a citizen, English is your second language, or you are a felon and have not had your rights restored.
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.
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.
Please note:The Court, or any other government agency such as the Sheriff, will NEVER call or email to demand payment of a fine for not appearing for jury duty. Our Juror Alerts has more detailed information regarding Scams having to do with Jury Service.