Court Rules


Rule 100 - Court Organization

Rule 100.1.2 - Duties of Presiding Judge


1. The Presiding Judge shall be the administrative judge of the Court, shall discharge the duties of jury judge, and shall preside at all meetings of the Court en banc.

2. The Presiding Judge shall supervise the preparation of all budgets with respect to the Circuit Court and all activities thereof and present the same to the Court en banc at the August meeting, or in any event not later than September 10 of each year.

3. The Presiding Judge shall have charge of the dockets and assignment of all cases therefrom. The Court Administrator shall be subject to the orders and directions of the Presiding Judge, and shall keep records as may be necessary to determine the status of the dockets.

4. The Presiding Judge shall direct the Court Administrator and such other personnel as may be hereafter provided to prepare statistical data and studies on the administrative operation of the Court.

5. The Presiding Judge shall have the authority to transfer cases among the judges as may be required a) to expedite the dockets, b) because of the absence, change, or disqualification of a judge, c) because of the assignment of related cases to the same judge, and d) because of transfers that may be necessary because a judge is assigned to the family or probate divisions or elected to serve as Presiding Judge.

6. The Presiding Judge shall try and determine such cases as shall be assigned to his or her division for trial, and shall aid the other judges, as far as may be consistent with the performance of the duties of Presiding Judge.

7. The Presiding Judge shall appoint a Family Court Division Committee, to be comprised of the immediate past-Family Court Administrative Judge, the current Family Court Administrative Judge, his or her successor, when appointed, and other such members as may be designated by the Presiding Judge. The Deputy Court Administrator of Family Court Services shall be responsible for recording and preparing minutes of meetings. The Family Court Division Committee shall review procedures, practices and policies of the Family Court Division at its discretion and at the request of the Presiding Judge.

8. The Presiding Judge shall appoint a Municipal Divisions Committee, to be comprised of such members as may be designated by the Presiding Judge. The committee shall review procedures, practices and policies of the Municipal Divisions at its discretion and at the discretion of the Presiding Judge.

9. There shall be an Executive-Management Committee to assume such duties and responsibilities as delegated by the Court en banc and to act in an advisory capacity for the Presiding Judge. The members of the committee shall be the Presiding Judge, the immediate past Presiding Judge, the Chair of the Budget and Audit Committee, the Family Court Administrative Judge, three circuit judges, one of whom shall be the Presiding Judge-Elect (if any), and two associate circuit judges.

10. There shall be a Budget and Audit Committee to assume such duties and responsibilities as delegated by the Court en banc and to oversee the preparation of all budgets. The committee shall be comprised of seven circuit judges and two associate circuit judges, including the Presiding Judge, the immediate past Presiding Judge, the Presiding Judge-Elect (if any), and the Family Court Administrative Judge.

11. The Presiding Judge shall designate and appoint members to such other committees as may considered necessary to the proper conduct of the Court's business.

12. The Presiding Judge-Elect shall serve as Acting Presiding Judge in the absence or inability to act of the Presiding Judge, and in the absence of a specific designation by the Presiding Judge or Court en banc, as provided by Rule 6.7.

13. The Presiding Judge-Elect shall serve and perform such other duties as may be requested by the Presiding Judge. The Presiding Judge-Elect shall defer to the Presiding Judge in the event of a conflict regarding duties of the Presiding Judge.










Adopted 5/19/06
Effective 6/19/06