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Rule 3-107.  Executive Branch PolicyInitiatives.

Intent:

To identifythe Council or its designee as the sole authority for establishing andrepresenting the position of the judiciary to the executive branch on policyinitiatives.

To identifythe role of other judicial offices and entities in executive branch policymaking.

To establisha procedure for judicial consideration of executive branch policy initiatives.

To establisha procedure for agencies, groups, and individuals to seek Council review of executivebranch policy initiatives.

Applicability:

This ruleshall apply to the judiciary's involvement in executive branch policy making.

Statement of the Rule:

(1)       Authority and responsibility of the counciland its liaison committee.

(1)(A)       The Council shall establish and represent theposition of the judiciary to the executive branch on executive branch policyinitiatives.

(1)(B)       The Council may endorse, oppose, recommendamendments to, or take no position on proposed executive policy initiatives.The Council shall limit its consideration of executive action to that whichaffects the Constitutional authority, the statutory authority, thejurisdiction, the organization, or the administration of the judiciary.

(2)       Authority and responsibility of the boards.

(2)(A)       Boards may review proposed executive policyinitiatives and recommend positions to the Council, but may not take publicpositions independent of the Council.

(3)       Authority and responsibility of the courtadministrator.

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

(3)(B)       Under the direction of the Council, the Court Administratoris responsible for coordinating all interaction between the judiciary and theexecutive branch including the following:

(3)(B)(i)       scheduling meetings between the Council and theexecutive branch;

(3)(B)(ii)       meetingwith representatives of the executive branch to convey the position of thejudiciary;

(3)(B)(iii)      callingon individual judges to participate in executive branch activities; and

(3)(B)(iv)      receivingrequests for Council consideration of executive initiatives from interestedindividuals, groups, or agencies.

(4)       Authority of individual judicial officersand employees.

(4)(A)       Nothing in this rule shall be construed toprohibit individual judges, court administrators, or court executives frommeeting with representatives of the executive branch on an individual basis toresolve local management or administrative issues consistently with Councilpolicy and the provisions of this Code.

Effective May 1, 2019