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2023 California Rules of Court

Rule 10.800. Superior court budgeting

(a) Purpose

This rule provides for local authority and accountability for development of budget requests and management of court operations within the authorized funding level. Superior courts must manage their budgets in a manner that is responsive to local needs, ensures equal access to justice, is consistent with Judicial Council policy and legislative direction, and does not exceed the total allocated budget.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective January 1, 2002.)

(b) Development of budget requests

Each superior court must prepare and submit to the Judicial Council a budget according to the schedule and procedures established by the council.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2016; previously amended effective January 1, 2002, and January 1, 2007.)

(c) Allocation of funding

(1)  The funding allocation to each superior court is based on the amounts incorporated for that court in budget change proposals that have been funded through the Budget Act, except as otherwise ordered by the Judicial Council. The superior court of each county may distribute and periodically redistribute its annual allocation between programs, locations, and line items as needed, within the parameters of the Trial Court Financial Policies and Procedures Manual and consistent with council policy direction, to promote accessible justice and the effective, efficient, and accountable operation of the courts. The Judicial Council may make additional allocations as it deems appropriate.

(2)  Each superior court is accountable for achieving the expected outcomes of the programs funded for that year. If a court is unable to do so, it must report the reasons to the Judicial Council.

(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective January 1, 2002.)

Rule 10.800 amended effective January 1, 2016; adopted as rule 2530 effective July 1, 1998; renumbered as rule 6.700 effective January 1, 1999; previously amended effective January 1, 2002; previously amended and renumbered as rule 10.800 effective January 1, 2007.

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