Rule 1-102. Role and objectives of the Council.

Intent:

To identify the Council as the principal authority for the administration of the judiciary.

To identify the Council or its designee as the sole authority for establishing and representing the official position of the judiciary on issues within the jurisdiction of the Council.

To establish general guidelines to assist the Council in establishing policy.

Applicability:

This rule shall apply to all rules and resolutions considered or adopted by the Council.

This rule shall apply to the Council and the Boards.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) As established by the Constitution of Utah, the Council is the principal authority for the administration of the judiciary.

(2) The Council or its designee is the sole authority for establishing and representing the official position of the judiciary on issues within the jurisdiction of the Council. The Council has the responsibility to seek the advice and recommendations of the Boards on such issues and, when appropriate, to delegate to a board, Council committee or Court Administrator the authority to make an official public statement.

(3) Consistent with the status of the judiciary as a co-equal branch of government, the Council is committed to developing uniform policies to achieve the following objectives:

(A) providing the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law;

(B) attracting and retaining qualified judges;

(C) improving the opportunity for and the quality of continuing education for judges and staff;

(D) identifying and solving on a continuing basis the priority problems facing the judiciary; and

(E) assuring that the judiciary keeps pace with legal, social, political, demographic, and technical developments.