JURY DUTY LEAVE
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), in conformance with
Act 835 of 2003, Arkansas Code, Annotated § 21-4-213 & 21-5-104
and the Office of Personnel Management Policy 105.9.1, has
established clearly defined uniform procedures under which court and jury leave
may be granted and taken. The purpose of this policy is to inform all
departments within UAMS of these procedures so that uniformity and equity can be
established throughout the campus.
A UAMS employee who serves as a juror or is
subpoenaed as a witness to give a deposition in a court or hearing, not
involving personal litigation or service as a paid witness outside the scope
of state employment is entitled to receive normal and full compensation in
addition to any fees paid for such services. Such absences shall not be
counted as annual leave. Employees normally scheduled for evening and night
shift duty shall also be entitled to time-off from these shifts for court duty
performed during the day.
Employees involved in personal litigation will
be required to take annual leave.
It is the preference of the University that
witnesses complete such service by providing a statement or deposition to the
involved attorney whenever possible. Statements or depositions which involve
the University may be taken during duty hours. All others should be handled
during non-working hours.
Employees accepted by the court as expert
witnesses and paid a fee in excess of the normal witness fee shall take annual
leave for the time required for such testimony. Likewise, volunteers who have
not been subpoenaed to serve as witnesses or those that are subpoenaed as a
witness for personal litigation will be required to request annual leave.
If an employee’s service on a jury would
substantially interfere with the execution of the University work schedule,
then the appropriate Dean, Executive Director or Vice Chancellor may petition
the judge in writing for exemption of the employee from service. However, if
exemption is denied or if no response is received prior to the set date of
jury duty, then the employee must report for jury duty.