Court Appearance Leave

If an employee is the victim of a crime or a witness to a crime, or a member of a crime victim’s family, the employee may request time off to attend court proceedings related to that crime. In this context, a crime includes domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, as well as other crimes for which judicial proceedings are called. Family members include the employee’s child or children, parent, or spouse.

The employee requesting court appearance leave must give advance notice whenever possible of the need for leave to the Human Resources Department, and provide documentation verifying the need for the leave. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • a police report indicating that the employee or a member of the employee’s family was a victim of a crime;
  • a court order protecting or separating the employee from the perpetrator of an act of domestic violence, or other evidence from the court or prosecuting attorney that the employee has appeared in court; or,
  • documentation from a medical professional, domestic violence advocate, health care provider, or counselor that the employee was undergoing treatment for physical or mental injuries or abuse resulting in victimization from an act of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other crime.

Court appearance leave may be requested to:

  • prepare for and attend court proceedings;
  • receive medical treatment or attend to medical treatment for a victim who is the employee's daughter, son, parent or spouse; or,
  • obtain necessary services to remedy a crisis caused by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or any other crime.

While this leave is unpaid leave, the employee may use accrued leave during the leave period.

DWE will make every attempt to maintain the confidentiality of any information provided as certification of the need for court appearance leave.

Effective Date: 4/23/2012
Revision Date: 4/23/2012