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Rule 2.1: Administrative Judge and Unavailability of Assigned Judge

(A)  Election of Administrative Judge 

The judges of the court shall elect an administrative judge by a majority vote.  The term shall begin on January 1 of the year immediately following the election.  The administrative judge shall serve for a two-year term, unless the judges agree otherwise, and may serve more than one consecutive term.  The administrative judge shall have such powers and duties as set forth in Sup.R. 4.01.


(B)  Reduction of Administrative Judge’s Docket 

Pursuant to Sup.R. 4.03, the administrative judge may be relieved of a portion of the judge’s case or trial duties in order to manage the calendar and docket of the court. 


(C)  Duty Judge

The administrative judge shall appoint one judge each week who shall be designated the Duty Judge.  The order of appointment shall be recorded in the Minute Book maintained by the Clerk of Courts.  The duty judge may handle routine matters in a case when the assigned judge is not available. The administrative judge shall assume the role of the duty judge if the duty judge is absent.  If both the duty judge and the administrative judge are not available, the most senior judge available shall assume the role of duty judge.


(Effective July 1,  1991.  Amended effective September 30, 1991; June 1, 1993; February 14, 1994; December 11, 2000; December 1, 2002; February 1, 2005; August 14, 2009; July 1, 2010; March 15, 2011; May 22, 2013; November 1, 2014; December 22, 2014; January 19, 2017; May 2, 2018; July 27, 2020)

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