Key Elements of the Presiding Judge in Trial Courts

A special forum composed of presiding judges, court administrators, researchers and academics from 13 states – meeting over the last four years at the National Center for State Courts – has created a working document called the Key Elements of an Effective Rule of Court on the Role of the Presiding Judge in Trial Courts. It is a template of best practices that outlines the needed authority and responsibility for top leadership judges. These Key Elements provide the basis from which judicial councils, chief judges, court administrators, and judicial branch policymakers can work to strengthen the effectiveness of presiding judge / court administrator executive teams in trial courts. Representatives from the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers were instrumental in developing this useful guide.