§ 21.3.1 Presiding Judge.

A presiding judge in each county exercises general administrative supervision over the court and its judges, and establishes appropriate policies for the trial courts in the county. Ariz. Const. art. 6, § 11. The supreme court appoints every presiding judge, normally for a term of 5 years. The presiding judge is the chief judicial executive officer of the county superior court, and exercises administrative supervision over the superior court, the clerk of the court, justice courts, and municipal courts. The powers and authority of the presiding judge are set forth in Supreme Court Administrative Order 2005-32, as amended by Order 2014-82. The presiding judge appoints the associate presiding judge, superior court administrator, law library director, chief adult probation officer, and court commissioners. R.S.C. 92(a)(1), (4). The presiding judge meets on a regular basis with the presiding justice of the peace, presiding municipal judge, and their administrators to discuss relevant issues. See §§ 22.1.2, 22.2.2.

The presiding judge oversees the court administrator who functions as chief operating officer over the management functions of the court, including processes and procedures related to the judicial departments, jury commission, law library, conciliation services, computer information systems, case flow and calendaring, security, media relations, financial management, pretrial services, and special programs.

Administrative supervisory authority includes making regular and special assignments of superior court judges, except as otherwise provided by A.R.S. § 8-203, concerning juvenile court judges, general supervision of superior court personnel, prescribing the powers and duties of the clerk of the court, developing alternative dispute resolution programs, and developing and implementing personnel systems for the courts. R.S.C. 92(a). See Maricopa Cty. v. Tinney, 183 Ariz. 412, 904 P.2d 1236 (1995) (superior court may not order county board of...

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