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Washington Jury Duty/ Court Appearance: What you need to know

Postponement/excusal. Jurors may request a postponement of jury service by calling the number on their summons. Jurors may request, in writing to the address on the summons, to be excused from jury service for an illness that would interfere with their attendance or for other legitimate reasons or hardship.
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Failure to appear. Employees who are summoned for jury duty but who intentionally fail to appear are guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined (WA Rev. Code Sec. 2.36.170).Note: Low turnouts for scheduled jury duty appearance have affected scheduling of trials in the state. Therefore, it is more likely that penalties for failure to appear will be enforced.
Jury duty. Washington law requires employers to allow employees sufficient time off to serve as jurors when summoned. An employer may not discharge, threaten, or deny the employee promotional opportunities because of jury duty. The law applies to all employers. Employers that violate this law are guilty of a misdemeanor. An employer that is sued by an employee for violation of this law may be ordered to reinstate the employee and pay damages and attorneys' fees (WA Rev. Code Sec. 2.36.165).
Court appearance. There is no law in Washington state regarding court appearances or witness service by employees.
Jurors in Washington state receive a per diem attendance payment plus mileage reimbursement.
Private employers. Washington state law does not require employers to pay employees for absences due to jury duty. Although not required to do so, many employers do pay all employees called to jury duty, regardless of exempt or nonexempt status (see Federal Law Considerations for Exempt Employees in this section for further details). Some ...

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