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My school just changed their stance on excused clinical absences. Now, instead of having a make-up day or paperwork.....you will get an incomplete for clinical until you enroll in a " clinical practicum" one day course that is the same amount of credits as the class you are in. FOR ONE DAY!
Now this really sucks for me...because I have clinicals wed/thurs and the 2nd wed I can't be at clinical- because I got a subpoena to testify in court that day ( my neighbor beat up his wife and I witnessed a part of it). I called the DA's office and told them my clinical circumstance and they told me that i HAVE to be there.
at court *sigh*
You should go to the DA - and even the judge. Ask if an affidavit will work instead... tell them that you can't do it that day, no way, no how. Because, there is a chance that it will be put off, anyway, for some other reason. I have sat in court houses waiting to testify all day, just to have the DA come out and tell me that the case is being put off, or that I will have to come back tomorrow.
If you are THAT important of a witness, then they should be able to change the day or the time for you. What time do your clinicals end? It might even be able to take place after 4 PM, or you could be the last witness... if you are close enough, maybe they can call you when they are ready for you, and you could slip out (of course with permission of your instructor) long enough to go testify and come back.
Although I think it is important for the man to be held accountable, I have a tremendous amount of experience with DV and chances are that your five minutes of testimony will make little difference in the big picture. Sad but true. Okay, I'm cynical. I'm just saying that it isn't worth it for it to cost you like that for something that has probably been going on for years, and, if statistics prove true, will probably happen again - unless the girl is REALLY ready for it to be over. Question: Is she testifying against him? Assertiveness is the key. I'm wondering what would cost you less, not showing up for court, or paying 600. for missing a clinical day.