Policy Number: 5.60.19
Contact Officer: Associate Director, Employee Relations
Date Approved by Senate: 27/7/2006
Date last Amended:
Date for Next Review: 27/7/2009
Related Policies: 5.60.20
Source of Policy: Existing policy, Former General Staff Award 2003
, Clause 5.8 and the Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff) 2005
This policy is designated by Senate as a Relevant Policy covering the employment of Academic staff in relation to the Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff) 2006; General staff in relation to the Enterprise Agreement (General Staff) 2005 and those staff employed under an Australian Workplace Agreement that specifically refers to this Policy. It is included in Schedule 1A of the relevant Enterprise Agreement. This Policy will be applied in accordance with the Enterprise Agreement or the Australian Workplace Agreement.
All staff (other than casual staff)
University staff will be granted paid leave to serve as jurors for the period of attendance required in a court of law. Staff called for jury service can either take paid Jury Service Leave and pay the jury service fee to the University, or Leave Without Pay and retain the jury service fee. In most cases, the jury service fee will be less than the staff member's salary.
Staff members who are unable to be released from duty should be provided by the Head of the Organisation Unit with a written request for exemption to be forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office for their consideration.
A staff member who attends for jury duty and is required for only part of a day should, if practicable, return to duty for the remainder of the working day.
A member who works a system of flexible working hours and elects to take paid leave is not required to refund any fees received for jury duty performed on a normal rostered day off.
Jury service counts as continuous service for all purposes whether it is taken as paid or unpaid leave.
Casual staff will be granted leave without pay to serve as jurors for the period of attendance required in a court of law.
Other leave to attend court
Further information on leave policy related to court proceedings that fall outside the scope of jury service is contained under Leave to attend Court.
How does a staff member apply for Jury Service Leave (paid)?
The staff member should notify their supervisor prior to the absence that they are required to attend Jury Duty. The staff member should submit a request for Jury Service Leave (paid) to their supervisor via ESS after return from jury service.
How does a staff member refund the jury service fee to the University?
On completion of jury duty, a certificate should be requested from the Sheriff's Office stating the number of appearances and payment received. The staff member should present the certificate and the fee to the University Cashier.
What should I do if I decide to take Leave Without Pay and keep the jury service money?
The staff member should submit a Leave Application Form to the Head of Organisation Unit for approval after return from jury service. The approved form will then be forwarded to the Human Resources Officer in the relevant Faculty or Division for payroll adjustments to be made.