Is jury service mandatory?

The United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution guarantee the right to trial by jury. Failure to attend as directed may subject you to penalties provided by state law. All Clallam County residents are obligated by state law to serve as a juror unless they:

  • Are not a United States citizen
  • Are under 18 years of age
  • Are unable to communicate in the English language
  • Are a convicted felon and your civil rights have not yet been restored

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1. Is jury service mandatory?
2. I have a planned vacation on the date I have been summonsed. Should I request an exemption?
3. I am self-employed. Are the self-employed exempt form jury duty?
4. I have a medical condition that should preclude me from serving jury duty. How do I get excused?
5. I have a medical appointment on my jury duty date. What should I do?
6. I am unemployed and receiving unemployment benefits. Will serving on jury duty affect my benefits?
7. How many times can I postpone my service?
8. Is there an age limit?
9. I know that I will not be selected to be on a jury because of what I do for a living. Why not excuse me now and save time?
10. Does my employer have to pay me while I serve?
11. Can I volunteer for jury duty?
12. Will I be compensated for jury duty?
13. What if I have recently served? Can I be excused?
14. I have lost my jury summons. What should I do?
15. Can I bring reading material?