Administration
The Court Administration Office is located in the Historic Courthouse.

Governance Structure

Court Administration, also called the Office of the Court Executive, provides leadership, direction and oversight to all administrative and operational areas of the court. The Court Executive Officer is appointed by the Judges and is responsible for ensuring that the court operates efficiently; is in compliance with laws, rules, and procedures mandated by California law, and the Judicial Council of California; and generally supports the work of judicial officers in adjudicating cases before the court. The Court Executive Officer is 'at will' and serves at the direction of the Presiding Judge. The Court Executive Officer is also the Clerk of the Court, and the Jury Commissioner.

The Court Executive Officer works closely with the Presiding Judge to assure the effective and efficient operation of the court. California Rules of Court describe specific duties of the Presiding Judge and the Court Executive Officer in fulfilling their roles of management and oversight of the court.

Purpose and Responsibilities

Acting at the direction of the Presiding Judge, Court Administration is responsible for the management and administration of the non-judicial operations of the court. Specifically, Court Administration is responsible for 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.

Court Administration's areas of responsibility are broad and diverse, including:

  • Clerk's offices for criminal, traffic, civil, small claims, family law, probate and juvenile matters;

  • Courtroom support, including courtroom staff, legal research, and interpreters;

  • Records management;

  • Jury services;

  • Human resources for all court employees, including training and professional development, and ADA accommodations for individuals with disabilities;

  • Finance, including budget preparation, financial and grant reporting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, fund reconciliation, procurement, court collections, and facilities management ;

  • Information technology, including network services, telecommunications, software deployment, disaster recovery, and application management;

  • Family court services, including child custody, juvenile dependency, mediation, conservatorship and guardianship investigations;

  • Court security, including courtroom and perimeter services;

  • Staffing of court-appointed committees and commissions; and

  • Public information distribution and press releases.

In addition to these duties, Court Administration also serves as liaison between the court and the Judicial Council of California, which provides direction and assistance to all California courts through its agency, the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Court Executive Officer serves on several advisory committees and working groups that provide input to the Judicial Council of California in developing branch-wide policies to improve the administration of justice in California.

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