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Office of the Presiding Judge
King County District Court
W-1034 King County Courthouse
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-205-9200
Fax: 206-296-0596
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LARLJ 0.1 ADMINISTRATION

(a)    GENERAL.  The responsibility to set policy and to oversee the administration of the Court resides in the elected and appointed judges of the Court.  The judges, as outlined in these rules, delegate authority to an Executive Committee, a Chief Presiding Judge, an Assistant Presiding Judge, and a Chief Administrative Officer.  The judges retain final authority to set modify or terminate policy or the execution of policy by the Executive Committee or any of the parties listed above through the appeal process set forth in LARLJ 0.2 APPEALS.

(b)   EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.  The Executive Committee shall consist of five (5) judges: The Chief Presiding Judge and the Assistant Presiding Judge, and three (3) Division Presiding judges, one from each of the three Administrative Divisions.  The Chief Presiding Judge, Assistant Presiding Judge and each member of the Executive Committee shall serve a term of two (2) years, from January 1st through December 31st, or until a successor shall be elected.  The Executive Committee is responsible for the establishment of policies regarding the administrative operations of the Court.

(c)    CHIEF PRESIDING JUDGE.  The Chief Presiding Judge is given the duties set forth in GR 29; is responsible for the supervision of the business of the Court and for ensuring that the business of the Court is conducted in accordance with these rules; shall propose policy  to the Executive Committee; shall carry out the policies set by the Executive Committee; shall supervise the Chief Administrative Officer; shall be responsible for general supervision of the current budget; shall be responsible for the preparation of the yearly proposed budget for the court; and after approval of the Executive Committee, shall present the yearly proposed budget to the County Executive and County Council.  Should the County Council modify the proposed budget, the Budget Committee and the Chief Presiding Judge shall thereafter formulate and recommend a final budget to the Executive Committee for approval.

(d)   ASSISTANT PRESIDING JUDGE.  The Assistant Presiding Judge shall assist the Chief Presiding Judge and shall serve as Acting Chief Presiding Judge during the temporary absence or disability of the Chief Presiding Judge.  Unless otherwise directed by the Presiding Judge, the Assistant Presiding Judge shall be the chair of the Budget Committee.

(e)   DIVISION PRESIDING JUDGE.  Each of the Court’s three Administrative Divisions shall have a Division Presiding Judge who shall have the responsibilities and the authority delegated by Presiding Judge under GR29.

(f)     CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.  The Chief Administrative Officer, under the supervision of the Chief Presiding Judge, shall have responsibility and authority, subject to delegation to the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Directors, where the Chief Administrative Officer deems appropriate, over the hiring, supervision, discipline and termination of all non-judicial personnel.  The Chief Administrative Officer shall develop and implement uniform court, administrative and personnel procedures and, where appropriate, centralization of court administration to achieve cost savings.  The Executive Committee is responsible for the hiring of the Chief Administrative Office.  The Chief Administrative Office serves at the pleasure of the Executive Committee. 

(g)    DEPUTY CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.  The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, under the supervision of the Chief Administrative Officer, shall have the responsibility and authority delegated by the Chief Administrative Officer.  The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer shall be hired by the Chief Administrative Officer only with the concurrence of the Executive Committee.  The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer serves at the pleasure of the Executive Committee. 

(h)   DIRECTOR OF PROBATION SERVICES.  The Director of Probation Services, under the supervision of the Chief Presiding Judge, shall have responsibility and authority for operations of the Court’s Probation Services, including the hiring, training, placement, discipline and termination of personnel.  Responsibility for establishment of policies regarding the operations of Probation Services is placed with the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee is responsible for the hiring of the Director of Probation Services.  The Director of the Probation Services  serves at the pleasure of the Executive Committee.

(i)      DIRECTORS.

 Division Directors shall have such responsibility and authority, as the Chief Administrative Officer deems appropriate, over the hiring, supervision, discipline, and termination of all non-judicial personnel located in the King County District Court Division to which they are assigned.  Division Directors shall be hired by the Chief Administrative Officer only with the concurrence of the majority of the judges in the affected Administrative Division. The Chief Administrative Officer or a judge involved in the concurrence process may appeal a decision not to hire a Division Director to the Executive Committee.  Division Directors serve at the pleasure of the Executive Committee.

Directors assigned to the Office of the Presiding Judges shall be selected by the Chief Administrative Officer and hired only with the concurrence of the Executive Committee.  These Directors shall have such responsibility and authority as the Chief Administrative Officer deems appropriate over the hiring, supervision, discipline, and termination of non-judicial personnel under their supervision.   Directors assigned to the Office of Presiding Judge serve at the pleasure of the Executive Committee.

(Amended 9/2/2013)