As a certified emergency nurse (CEN) specializing in trauma at a
level I trauma center in Northern NJ, I am often called upon as a
witness against patients to which I have adminitstered care. I
am per-diem at two different emergency rooms in northern NJ.
On several occasions, weeks have elapsed, and when I report to
shifts, I find legal notices tacked up onto bulletin boards, walls, etc. notifying me that I am to testify as a witness. There is never an attempt by the hospital to contact me at home, nor is there
any attempt by the legal authority summoning me to contact me
at home. I simply find these notices by chance, or if a particular clerk is astute, they will call me an notify me to come and pick up
I was recently called by a clerk at this trauma center informing me that an "official legal notice" will be kept for me in the clerk's drawer so I can pick it up when I report to work again. I will be taking on a full-time position at another hospital, and will not be working in the trauma center until I am acclimated to the new
What obligations am I held to if these notices are simply mailed or left at the institutions for which I work if they are not personnally delivered to me? Sometimes the court date passes before I get the notice. This time, I had the clerk open the notice, and the date has not passed, however, I will be just starting up the new position and will have to tell my supervisor that I need time off for court. As you well know, the court date seldom holds, and I am afraid that I will need excessive time off from the new job, thus jeopardizing my position. Does a witness need to be served in person? Any assistance will be appreciated.