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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 an "at will" employee 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. 

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.

  • Facilitates Grand Jury selection, training, and general support.

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 Judicial Council of California. 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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