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Alabama

The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the administrative head of the judicial system AL Const. AM 328 § 6.10

Alaska

The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the administrative head of all courts. AK Const. Art IV § 16

Arizona

The chief justice, or in his absence or incapacity, the vice chief justice, shall exercise the court's administrative supervision over all the courts of the state. AZ Const. Art VI § 3

Arkansas

The Supreme Court shall exercise general superintending control over all courts of the state and may temporarily assign judges, with their consent, to courts or divisions other than that for which they were elected or appointed. These functions shall be administered by the Chief Justice. AR Const. Amend. 80

California

The Chief Justice shall seek to expedite judicial business and to equalize the work of judges. The Chief Justice may provide for the assignment of any judge to another court but only with the judge's consent if the court is of lower jurisdiction. A retired judge who consents may be assigned to any court... Judges shall report to the council as the Chief Justice directs concerning the condition of judicial business in their courts. They shall cooperate with the council and hold court as assigned. CA Const. Art VI § 6

Colorado

The supreme court shall select a chief justice from its own membership to serve at the pleasure of a majority of the court, who shall be the executive head of the judicial system. CO Const. Art VI § 5

Connecticut

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall be the head of the Judicial Department and shall be responsible for its administration. C.G.S. § 51-1b(a)

Delaware

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, or in case of his or her absence from the State, disqualification, incapacity, or if there be a vacancy in that office, the next qualified and available Justice who by seniority is next in rank to the Chief Justice shall be administrative head of all the courts in the State, and shall have general administrative and supervisory powers over all the courts. DE Const. Art IV § 13

Florida

The chief justice of the supreme court... shall be the chief administrative officer of the judicial system... FL Const. Art V § 2

Georgia

The judicial system shall be administered as provided in this Paragraph. Not more than 24 months after the effective date hereof, and from time to time thereafter by amendment, the Supreme Court shall, with the advice and consent of the council of the affected class or classes of trial courts, by order adopt and publish uniform court rules and record-keeping rules which shall provide for the speedy, efficient, and inexpensive resolution of disputes and prosecutions. Each council shall be comprised of all of the judges of the courts of that class. GA Const. Art 6 § 9 Para. 1

Hawaii

The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the administrative head of the courts. HI Const. Art VI § 6

Idaho

The courts shall constitute a unified and integrated judicial system for administration and supervision by the Supreme Court. ID Const. Art 5 § 2

Illinois

General administrative and supervisory authority over all courts is vested in the Supreme Court and shall be exercised by the Chief Justice in accordance with its rules. IL Const. Art 6 § 16

Indiana

The Chief Justice of the State shall appoint such persons as the General Assembly by law may provide for the administration of his office. The Chief Justice shall have prepared and submit to the General Assembly regular reports on the condition of the courts and such other reports as may be requested. IN Const. Art VII § 3

Iowa

The supreme court...shall exercise a supervisory and administrative control over all inferior judicial tribunals throughout the state. IA Const. Art V § 4; Iowa Code § 602.1201

Kansas

The supreme court shall have general administrative authority over all courts in this state...The chief justice shall be the spokesman for the supreme court and shall exercise the court's general administrative authority over all courts of this state. The chief justice shall have the responsibility for executing and implementing the administrative rules and policies of the supreme court, including supervision of the personnel and financial affairs of the court system, and delegate such of this responsibility and authority to personnel in the state judicial department as may be necessary for the effective and efficient administration of the court system. KS Const. Art III § 1; K.S. § 20101

Kentucky

The Chief Justice of the Commonwealth shall be the executive head of the Court of Justice and he shall appoint such administrative assistants as he deems necessary. KY Const. § 110(5)(b)

Louisiana

He is the chief administrative officer of the judicial system of the state, subject to rules adopted by the court. LA Const. Art V § 6

Maryland

The Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals shall be the administrative head of the Judicial system of the State. MD Const. Art IV § 18B

Massachusetts

In addition to the foregoing, the justices of the supreme judicial court shall also have general superintendence of the administration of all courts of inferior jurisdiction, including, without limitation, the prompt hearing and disposition of matters pending therein. MGL C.h. 211 § 3; MA Const. Pt. I, Art 29

Michigan

The supreme court shall have general superintending control over all courts; power to issue, hear and determine prerogative and remedial writs; and appellate jurisdiction as provided by rules of the supreme court. MI Const. Art VI § 3-4

Minnesota

The chief justice shall exercise general supervisory powers over the courts in the state, with powers including, but not limited to… MS § 2.724 Subd. 4

Mississippi

General rule-making power vested in Supreme Court. Court may make and enforce rules. Duties of Administrative Office of Courts. MSC § 9-3-61; § 9-3-39; § 9-21-3

Missouri

The supreme court shall have general superintending control over all courts and tribunals. MO Const. Art V § 4

Montana

[The Supreme Court] has general supervisory control over all other courts. MT Const. Art VII § 2

Nebraska

In accordance with rules established by the Supreme Court and not in conflict with other provisions of this Constitution and laws governing such matters, general administrative authority over all courts in this state shall be vested in the Supreme Court and shall be exercised by the Chief Justice. The Chief Justice shall be the executive head of the courts and may appoint an administrative director thereof. NE Const. Art V § 1

Nevada

The chief justice is the administrative head of the court system. NV Const. Art VI § 19

New Hampshire

The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the administrative head of all the courts. NH Const. Pt. 2 Art. 73-A

New Jersey

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall be the administrative head of all the courts in the State. NJ Const. Art 6 § 7 Pt. 1

New Mexico

The supreme court shall have original jurisdiction in quo warranto and mandamus against all state officers, boards and commissions, and shall have a superintending control over all inferior courts… NM Const. Art 6 § 3

New York

The chief judge of the court of appeals shall be the chief judge of the state of New York and shall be the chief judicial officer of the unified court system. NY Const. Art VI § 28

North Carolina

The Supreme Court shall have exclusive authority to make rules of procedure and practice for the Appellate Division...If the General Assembly should delegate to the Supreme Court the rule-making power, the General Assembly may, nevertheless, alter, amend, or repeal any rule of procedure or practice adopted by the Supreme Court for the Superior Court or District Court Divisions. NC Const. Art IV § 13; NCGS § 7A 33, 34

North Dakota

The supreme court shall have authority to promulgate rules of procedure, including appellate procedure, to be followed by all the courts of this state; and, unless otherwise provided by law, to promulgate rules and regulations for the admission to practice, conduct, disciplining, and disbarment of attorneys at law. The chief justice shall be the administrative head of the unified judicial system. ND Const. Art VI, 3; NDCC § 27-02-05.1

Ohio

In addition to all other powers vested by this article in the supreme court, the supreme court shall have general superintendence over all courts in the state. Such general superintending power shall be exercised by the chief justice in accordance with rules promulgated by the Supreme Court. OH Const. Art IV § 5

Oklahoma

Except with reference to the Senate sitting as a Court of Impeachment and the Court on the Judiciary, general administrative authority over all courts in this State, including the temporary assignment of any judge to a court other than that for which he was selected, is hereby vested in the Supreme Court and shall be exercised by the Chief Justice in accordance with its rules. OK Const. Art 7 § 6

Oregon

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the presiding judge of the court and the administrative head of the judicial department of government in this state. The Chief Justice shall exercise administrative authority and supervision over the courts of this state consistent with applicable provisions of law and the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure. ORS § 1.002 (1)

Pennsylvania

The Supreme Court shall exercise general supervisory and administrative authority over all the courts and justices of the peace. PA Const. Art V § 10; 42 Pa.C.S. Sec. 1701

Rhode Island

The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the executive head of the judicial system. RI GL § 8-15-2

South Carolina

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall be the administrative head of the unified judicial system. SC Const. Art V § 4

South Dakota

The chief justice is the administrative head of the unified judicial system. SD Const. Art V § 11

Tennessee

In order to ensure the harmonious, efficient and uniform operation of the judicial system of the state, the supreme court is granted and clothed with general supervisory control over all the inferior courts of the state. TCA 16-3-501-502; S. Ct. R. 11

Texas

The Supreme Court is responsible for the efficient administration of the judicial branch and shall promulgate rules of administration not inconsistent with the laws of the state as may be necessary for the efficient and uniform administration of justice in the various courts. TX Const. Art 5 § 31; TX Gov’t Code Ch. 74

Utah

There is created a Judicial Council which shall adopt rules for the administration of the courts of the state…The chief justice of the Supreme Court shall be the chief administrative officer for the courts and shall implement the rules adopted by the Judicial Council. UT Const. Art 8 § 12

Vermont

The Supreme Court shall have administrative control of all the courts of the state, and disciplinary authority concerning all judicial officers and attorneys at law in the State. VT Const. Ch. II § 30

Virginia

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall be the administrative head of the judicial system. VA Const. Art VI § 4

Washington

The judicial power of the state shall be vested in a supreme court, superior courts, justices of the peace, and such inferior courts as the legislature may provide. WA Const. Art 4 § 1

West Virginia

The chief justice shall be the administrative head of all the courts. WV Const. Art 8 § 3

Wisconsin

The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the administrative head of the judicial system and shall exercise this administrative authority pursuant to procedures adopted by the supreme court. WI Const. Art 7 § 4 (3)

Wyoming

The supreme court shall have general appellate jurisdiction, co-extensive with the state, in both civil and criminal causes, and shall have a general superintending control over all inferior courts, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by law...The supreme court is the head of the state judicial system, and the chief justice is the chief administrator of the duties prescribed by law to be performed by the court. WY Const. Art 5 § 2; W.S. § 52-102