The Presiding Judge administers the Nevada County Superior Court Judiciary.
He or she is elected once every two years and serves two one-year
terms. The Presiding Judge assigns judges and commissioners to posts
within the Court system.
Assistant Presiding Judge
The Assistant Presiding Judge is generally elected to the Presiding
Judge position. The Assistant Presiding Judge assists the Presiding
Judge and acts in the absence
of the Presiding Judge. Like the Presiding Judge, the Assistant Presiding
Judge is elected annually and serves two one-year terms.
Commissioners in Nevada Superior Court must have five or more years
of legal practice. A Commissioner may serve the Nevada Superior Court
in certain matters as prescribed by law, and may serve as a Judge Pro
Tem when all parties agree.
Committees are important elements of administrative structure. The
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE constitutes a policy-making body. Its members
are elected annually. The PERSONNEL AND BUDGET COMMITTEE is concerned
with all non-judicial personnel matters and finances required for
court operation. Many other committees, such as LEGISLATIVE, RULES,
GRAND AND TRIAL JURORS, BENCH and BAR, assist the Presiding Judge,
who appoints committee members.
The Executive Officer is responsible for the administrative supervision
and control of all non-judicial activities of the Court. The Executive
Officer/Clerk also serves as jury commissioner of the court. Court
judges select the Executive Officer/Clerk. The Executive Officer/Clerk,
under the direction of the Presiding Judge, supervises all administrative
activities and personnel, coordinates all staff activities and has
charge of planning and improving management methods.
The Court's non-judicial staff provides assistance and support for
the judicial officers of the Court in a variety of settings. Courtroom
staff, such as the judicial assistant/court clerk, court reporter
or electronic recording monitor and courtroom clerical assistants
are responsible for assisting the judicial officer and ensuring the
integrity of the court's record. Court interpreters provide language
interpretation and sign language interpretation for the deaf. Court attendants & sheriff's deputies maintain courtroom security and the integrity
of the jury in civil courtrooms. In other courtrooms, these functions
are performed by bailiffs, who are deputy sheriffs.
Judicial officers and courtroom staff are supported by management,
professional and administrative staffs who provide such services as
legal research, records management, human resources administration,
budget and financial administration, contract management, purchasing
and procurement of supplies, information systems support and facilities
maintenance. Specialized professional staff provides such services
as mental health and child custody evaluations, marital counseling
and mediation programs for family court and juvenile court.