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Jury Duty and Court Appearances

Updated November 2018

Employees are encouraged to serve on jury duty and fulfill their court-related, civic obligations. Cambridge College provides regular staff members paid time off to do so without change in status or loss of pay.  Individuals appearing in court on their own behalf are required to use personal or vacation days.

Procedure

An employee summoned for jury duty must notify his or her supervisor, submit a copy of the summons as soon as it is received and keep the supervisor informed of the dates and times of service as soon as they are known.  Upon the conclusion of jury service, employees should obtain a certificate from the clerk of the court verifying the dates of service.

An employee serving on jury duty will be paid his or her salary at the regular rate of pay (not including overtime or special forms of compensation such as incentives, commissions, shift differentials, or bonuses) for the full duration of the jury duty.  Time serving on a jury is not charged against accumulated leave.  Pay for jury duty will be calculated based on the difference between the amount paid to you by the court and your daily base pay rate.

An employee required to appear as a witness in court because the employee is suing, being sued, or serving as a non-state witness in a non–Cambridge College related case may have the absences counted against accumulated vacation leave or may request leave without pay.  Leave without pay requires supervisory approval.  The maximum approved leave without pay for witness leave is 5 days.

Employees must report to work on days when their services are not required by the court and are expected to return to work on any day or partial day of at least four hours when services are not required by the court.  Any request to deviate from this procedure requires supervisory approval.