K. C. District Court Suspends Commencement of Jury Trials through January 11, 2021, due to COVID-19


King County District Court Suspends Commencement of Jury Trials through

January 11, 2021, due to COVID-19

Temporary suspension aects largest court of limited jurisdicon in Washington state

Sea)le, Wash. – November 23, 2020 – To help keep the public, jurors and court employees safe during

a me of rapidly increasing novel coronavirus infecons in Washington state, King County District Court

is temporarily suspending commencement of new jury trials through January 11, 2021. The court will

connue to assess the suspension period on a bi-weekly basis, which could result in an earlier re-start of

jury trials or extension of the suspension, as condions warrant.

As part of its COVID-19 response, King County District Court previously had expanded its capability to

conduct hearings via videoconference. In its latest emergency order, the court encourages video

hearings, whenever possible and appropriate, and has expanded the types of hearings that may

presumpvely be conducted by video without the court’s prior approval.

“The court will connue to monitor the public health situaon and will rely upon guidance from the

State Department of Health and other health experts to further alter our operaons, if needed,” says

King County District Court Presiding Judge Susan Mahoney. “The health of our sta< and other court

users is our primary consideraon in all operaonal decisions.”

Court users can =nd the latest informaon on changes to court operaons and services online at COVID-

19 Impacts to King County District Court or by calling (206) 205-9200