The Chief Justice is the administrative head of the Judicial Branch and responsible for its overall management. In 2005, following the transition to full state funding of the trial courts, the Juducial Branch instituted a new governance structure called the Judicial Council which is now the single administrative policy-making body for the Judicial Branch.
The State Court Administrator’s office serves as staff to the Judicial Council and provides central administrative infrastructure services to the entire Judicial Branch including human resources, finance, legal research, information technology, communications, statewide program management, and research and evaluation services.
The chief justice leads the Supreme Court, which, besides handling the cases that come before the court, has the responsibility for regulating the practice of law and the promulgation of statewide rules of procedure and practice before all courts of the state.
There is a chief judge of the court of appeals, appointed by the governor for a three-year term who serves as the head of that court.
There is a chief judge in each judicial district, elected by the bench for a two-year term, who is responsible for management of the entire judicial district. The chief judge is assisted by a judicial district administrator. A county court administrator oversees the day-to-day operations in each county.