Leave - Jury Duty (Court Leave)
Court leave is the authorized absence from duty, without a loss of pay or
charge to leave, for service as a juror or as a witness on behalf of the
Federal, State, or local government. Court leave applies to a permanent or
temporary employee working a full or part-time schedule; however, it does
not apply to an intermittent or "when actually employed" employee.
- An employee must give his/her supervisor a copy of the summons/order
indicating witness service along with the request for court leave
- Appropriate uses of Court leave:
- Any period of time an employee is required to serve as a juror.
The dates of service will be indicated on the summons/order. A copy
of the summons/order to serve should be provided to the employee’s
- Any service performed as a witness on behalf of the Federal,
State or local government.
- Approval of Court leave is not appropriate:
- For service as a witness on behalf of him/herself or a private
- If an employee is called to serve as a juror while on leave
without pay (LWOP). Court leave is only available to an employee
who, except for the jury service, would be in a pay status.
- An employee:
- Called for jury duty while on Annual Leave may substitute the
Annual Leave for Court Leave.
- Assigned to night duty may be granted court leave for their
regular scheduled tour of duty when attendance in court during the
day would cause them to lose time needed for rest.
- Called as a witness to testify in an official capacity or to
produce official records is considered to be in an official duty
- Serving on a jury is entitled to retain money paid as “expenses”
(e.g., travel and parking expenses) provided the purpose of the paid
fees is clearly indicated as an expense.
- Serving on jury duty is not entitled to retain jury duty fees
paid for any hours of jury service that overlap their regular tours
of duty and for which they are entitled to court leave. Fees paid
for hours served outside of an employee’s regular tour of duty or
for jury service on a Federal holiday may be retained.
- Is not entitled to retain witness fees paid while on court
leave. If an employee serves as a witness on his/her own behalf or
on the behalf of a private party in a judicial proceeding in which
the Federal, State, or a local government is not a party, the
employee is not entitled to court leave and witness fees may be
- Money paid as witness expenses (e.g., travel and parking
expenses) may be retained by an employee who is on court leave.