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2018 California Rules of Court

Rule 10.610. Duties of court executive officer

(a) Selection

A court may employ an executive officer selected in accordance with procedures adopted by the court.

(b) General responsibilities

Acting under the direction of the presiding judge, the court executive officer is responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the nonjudicial operations of the court and allocating resources in a manner that promotes access to justice for all members of the public, provides a forum for the fair and expeditious resolution of disputes, maximizes the use of judicial and other resources, increases efficiency in court operations, and enhances service to the public.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(c) Duties

Under the direction of the presiding judge and consistent with the law and rules of court, the court executive officer must perform the following duties, where they are not inconsistent with the authorized duties of the clerk of the court:


Provide general direction to and supervision of the employees of the court, and draft for court approval and administer a personnel plan for court employees that complies with rule 10.670. The court executive officer has the authority, consistent with the personnel plan, to hire, discipline, and terminate nonjudicial employees of the court.


Make recommendations to the presiding judge on budget priorities; prepare and implement court budgets, including accounting, payroll, and financial controls; and employ sound budget and fiscal management practices and procedures to ensure that annual expenditures are within the court's budget.


Negotiate contracts on behalf of the court, in accordance with established contracting procedures and all applicable laws.

(4)Calendar management

Supervise and employ efficient calendar and case flow management systems, including analyzing and evaluating pending caseloads and recommending effective calendar management techniques.


Analyze, evaluate, and implement technological and automated systems to assist the court.

(6)Jury management

Manage the jury system in the most efficient and effective way.


Plan physical space needs, and purchase and manage equipment and supplies.


Create and manage uniform record-keeping systems, collecting data on pending and completed judicial business and the internal operation of the court, as required by the court and the Judicial Council.


Identify problems, recommending procedural and administrative changes to the court.

(10)Public relations

Provide a clearinghouse for news releases and other publications for the media and public.


Act as liaison to other governmental agencies.


Provide staff for judicial committees.


Perform other duties as the presiding judge directs.

(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

Rule 10.610 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 6.610 effective January 1, 2001.

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