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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7089.3b (Published 26 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3b-7089

Although doctors are generally exempt from jury service, they may be involved in other activities that take them from work on service such as serving on a local authority or board of school governors. And as employers they may have to respond to their employees' requests for leave for public service. Time off for public duties (IDS Brief 586, London: Income Data Services, April 1997) reviews the law. The employee must obtain permission for the leave, which is generally unpaid, and the employer must give it, though clarification of the amounts and specific circumstances have been the subject of considerable legal industry.

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