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2024 California Rules of Court

Rule 10.1020. Reviewing court clerk/executive officer

(a) Selection

A reviewing court may employ a clerk/executive officer selected in accordance with procedures adopted by the court.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2018.)

(b) Responsibilities

Acting under the general direction and supervision of the administrative presiding justice, the clerk/executive officer is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing, with full authority and accountability, the management of the office of the clerk/executive officer and all nonjudicial support activities 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, and maximizes the use of judicial and other resources.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2018.)

(c) Duties

Under the direction of the administrative presiding justice, the clerk/executive officer has the following duties:

(1)  Personnel

The clerk/executive officer directs and supervises all court employees assigned to the clerk/executive officer or by the administrative presiding justice and ensures that the court receives a full range of human resources support;

(2)  Budget

The clerk/executive officer develops, administers, and monitors the court budget and develops practices and procedures to ensure that annual expenditures are within the budget;

(3)  Contracts

The clerk/executive officer negotiates contracts on the court's behalf in accord with established contracting procedures and applicable laws;

(4)  Calendar management

The clerk/executive officer employs and supervises efficient calendar and caseflow management, including analyzing and evaluating pending caseloads and recommending effective calendar management techniques;

(5)  Technology

The clerk/executive officer coordinates technological and automated systems activities to assist the court;

(6)  Facilities

The clerk/executive officer coordinates facilities, space planning, court security, and business services support, including the purchase and management of equipment and supplies;

(7)  Records

The clerk/executive officer creates and manages uniform record-keeping systems, collecting data on pending and completed judicial business and the court's internal operation as the court and Judicial Council require;

(8)  Recommendations

The clerk/executive officer identifies problems and recommends policy, procedural, and administrative changes to the court;

(9)  Public relations

The clerk/executive officer represents the court to internal and external customers-including the other branches of government-on issues pertaining to the court;

(10)  Liaison

The clerk/executive officer acts as liaison with other governmental agencies;

(11)  Committees

The clerk/executive officer provides staff for judicial committees;

(12)  Administration

The clerk/executive officer develops and implements administrative and operational programs and policies for the court and the office of the clerk/executive officer; and

(13)  Other

The clerk/executive officer performs other duties as the administrative presiding justice directs.

(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2018; previously amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(d) Geographically separate divisions

Under the general oversight of the clerk/executive officer, an assistant clerk/executive officer of a geographically separate division has responsibility for the nonjudicial support activities of that division.

(Subd (d) amended effective January 1, 2018.)

Rule 10.1020 amended effective January 1, 2018; repealed and adopted as rule 76.1 effective January 1, 2005; amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007.

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