Maryland Courts

Leave Information

Below are some of the various types of paid leave available to Judiciary employees. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at 410-260-1732.

Accident Leave
Leave that is granted to an employee as a result of a work-related accident that is determined to be compensable by the Injured Worker’s Insurance Fund or the Worker’s Compensation Commission. Accident leave is compensated at 2/3 the employee’s normal pay. An employee must use accident leave beginning on the first day of the disability and continuing until the day the employee is certified to return to work by a health care provider or 6 months from the day of the disability, whichever is earlier.

Annual Leave
Leave that can be used for any purpose with prior approval from the employee’s supervisor; new employees must successfully complete an initial 6-month probationary period (or 6 months of service if not required to serve a probation) before using annual leave; this leave is accrued based on years of service starting at 10 days per year and up to 25 days per year with 20 years of service; employees may carry-over from one year to the next up to 60 days (480 hours) of annual leave. An employee may cash-out unused annual leave upon separation from State service.

Bereavement Leave
A maximum of 2 working days may be charged to bereavement leave in the event of the death of certain family members. Additionally, an employee may be entitled to use up to 2 days of sick leave (4 if overnight travel is required) for the death of certain family members.

Compensatory Leave
Leave that is earned by an employee whose classification is not designated to receive overtime payments for working beyond the employee’s regular workday. For employees exempt from overtime pay by the Fair Labor Standards Act, compensatory leave must be used within 1 year of the date on which it was accrued.  Compensatory leave can be used for any purpose with prior approval from the employee’s supervisor.

Administrative Leave  
This leave may be used, with the approval of the employee’s Administrative Official, for such reasons as:

  • Delayed openings and closings;
  • early release;
  • full-day closings for inclement weather;
  • jury duty;
  • legal action;
  • military duty;
  • State employment examination and interview;
  • State Retirement Agency seminars;
  • serving as an election judge;
  • disaster service as a member of the American Red Cross;
  • organ donation;
  • and other reasons as determined by the Judiciary.

Holiday Leave
Employees receive at least 11 paid holidays per year. An additional holiday is observed during the years of a general statewide election.

Leave Bank and Leave Donations
An employee may join the Judiciary Leave Bank or receive leave donations from other Judiciary employees. Eligible employees may use this leave when suffering a serious and prolonged illness once they have exhausted their own accrued leave.

Personal Leave
Leave that can be used with prior notification to the employee’s supervisor; each employee is entitled to 6 days, not to exceed 48 hours, of personal leave at the beginning of the first full pay period of the calendar year. Personal leave may be pro-rated for new employees based on the month the employee begins employment. Personal leave may not be carried over from one year to the next. Personal leave primarily is to be used to cover unexpected and unplanned absences due to personal emergencies.  Employees, therefore, should manage their use of unscheduled personal leave to ensure they have such leave to use in an emergency.

Sick Leave
Leave that can be used for the following reasons:

  • for illness or disability of the employee;
  • for death, illness or disability of a member of the employee’s immediate family;
  • following the birth of the employee’s child;
  • when a child is placed for adoption;
  • or for a medical appointment of the employee or a member of the employee’s immediate family.

Employees earn 4.62 hours of sick leave each pay period (15 days per year). Employees must notify their supervisor when using this leave. There is no limit to the number of sick leave days an employee may accrue or carry over into a new calendar year.  Unused sick leave may be used to increase an employee’s years of service for retirement purposes once the employee has met the eligibility criteria for retirement.