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Rule1-305. Board of Senior Judges.


To establish aBoard of Senior Judges consisting of senior justices and senior judges ofcourts of record.

To prescribe the composition of the Board's membership,the method of selection of Board members, the members' terms of office, theBoard's officers, the procedures to be followed in the event of vacancies, thefrequency of Board meetings, and the procedures to be followed in the conductof Board meetings.

To increase thelevel of participation of senior justices and senior judges in the developmentof policy for the judiciary.

To improvecommunication between the Council and senior justices and senior judges.


This rule shall apply to the Board of SeniorJudges.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) For purposes of this rule, "seniorjudge" means active senior justice or active senior judge.

(2) Board of senior judges.

(2)(A) Establishment. There is established aBoard of Senior Judges.

(2)(B) Membership. The Board shall becomprised of seven senior judges elected at the annual judicial conferencesenior judge business meeting by all senior judges who are in attendance at themeeting.

(2)(C) Election. The senior judges presentat the business meeting shall constitute a quorum. Nominations for Boardpositions may be made by any senior judge. All senior judges present at themeeting shall be entitled to vote for all members of the Board.

(2)(D) Terms. The terms of the initial Boardmembers shall be determined by lot, with four members selected to servetwo-year terms and three members selected to serve one-year terms. Successorsshall be elected for two-year terms.

(2)(E) Vacancies. If a vacancy occurs forany reason on the Board, the Board shall elect a replacement for the unexpiredterm of the vacancy.

(3) Board officers.

(3)(A) Establishment. There shall be a chairand vice-chair of the Board.

(3)(B) Chair's term. The chair shall serve aone-year term beginning immediately after the annual judicial conference in theyear following election as vice-chair.

(3)(C) Chair's responsibilities. The chairshall preside over all meetings of the Board and the annual judicial conferencesenior judge business meeting, and shall perform other duties as set forth inthis Code and as directed by the Board.

(3)(D) Vacancy in office of chair. In theevent that the chair resigns or leaves the Board for any reason, the vice-chairshall become chair, serving both the unexpired term of the chair and the fullterm as chair.

(3)(E) Election. The vice-chair shall beelected by the Board members at the commencement of the first year of thevice-chair's two-year term on the Board.

(3)(F) Vice-chair's responsibilities. Thevice-chair shall serve as chair in the absence of the chair or at the requestof the chair.

(3)(G) Vacancy in office of vice-chair. Inthe event that the vice-chair resigns from the Board for any reason, a newvice-chair shall be elected by the Board from among its members to serve theunexpired term of the vice-chair and to succeed as chair as otherwise providedin this rule.

(3)(H) Secretariat services. TheAdministrative Office shall serve as secretariat to the Board.

(3)(I) Boardresponsibility. The Board shall exercise such authority and assume suchresponsibility as delegated by the Council.

(4) Meetings of the board.

(4)(A) The Board shall meet not less thantwice a year to transact any and all business that is within its jurisdiction.

(4)(B) The Board shall rule by majorityvote. All Board members have the right to vote. Four members of the Boardconstitute a quorum.

(4)(C) Board meetings shall be conducted inaccordance with Robert?s Rules of Order and this Code.