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Rule 3-107

Rule3-107. Executive branch policy initiatives.

Intent:

To identify the Council or its designee as the sole authorityfor establishing and representing the position of the judiciary to the executivebranch on policy initiatives.

To identify the role of other judicial offices and entitiesin executive branch policy making.

To establish a procedure for judicial consideration ofexecutive branch policy initiatives.

To establish a procedure for agencies, groups and individualsto seek Council review of executive branch policy initiatives.

Applicability:

This rule shall apply to the judiciary's involvement inexecutive branch policy making.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) Authority and responsibility of the council and itsliaison committee.

(A) The Council shall establish and represent the position ofthe judiciary to the executive branch on executive branch policy initiatives.

(B) The Council may endorse, oppose, or take no position onproposed executive policy initiatives. The Council shall limit its considerationof executive action to that which affects the Constitutional authority, thestatutory authority, the jurisdiction, the organization or the administration ofthe judiciary.

(2) Authority and responsibility of the boards. Boards mayreview proposed executive policy initiatives and recommend positions to theCouncil, but may not take public positions independent of the Council.

(3) Authority and responsibility of the court administrator.

(A) Consistent with this Code and the policies and prioritiesof the Council, the Court Administrator shall act as the official spokespersonfor the judiciary and is authorized to negotiate, on behalf of the Council,positions related to budget and other executive matters.

(B) Under the direction of the Council, the CourtAdministrator is responsible for coordinating all interaction between thejudiciary and the executive branch including the following:

(i) scheduling meetings between the Council and the executivebranch;

(ii) meeting with representatives of the executive branch toconvey the position of the judiciary;

(iii) calling on individual judges to participate inexecutive branch activities;

(iv) receiving requests for Council consideration ofexecutive initiatives from interested individuals, groups or agencies.

(4) Authority of individual judicial officers and employees.Nothing in this rule shall be construed to prohibit individual judges, courtadministrators or court executives from meeting with representatives of theexecutive branch on an individual basis to resolve local management oradministrative issues consistently with Council policy and the provisions ofthis Code.