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  ( Title 8 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 206. )

CHAPTER 5. The Superior Courts [69504 - 70141.11]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 206. )

ARTICLE 1. General Provisions [69504 - 69508.5]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 206. )


The board of supervisors of each county shall purchase and provide for the installation of the Flag of the United States and the Bear Flag of California in each superior courtroom in the county.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 206.)


Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the following procedures shall apply for business-related travel expenses of judges and employees of the trial courts:

(a) The Administrative Director of the Courts shall annually recommend policies and schedules for reimbursement of travel expenses and procedures for processing these requests, which shall be approved by the Judicial Council and shall be followed by the trial courts.

(b) Each court shall develop a system for presentation and approval of requests that shall ensure that requests are reviewed in an impartial and appropriate manner and that conforms to the policies, schedules, and procedures approved by the Judicial Council.

(c) The cost of the approved requests shall be paid from that court’s Trial Court Operations Fund.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 824, Sec. 21. Effective January 1, 2002.)


The presiding judge of each superior court may designate a judge of the court to be available on days other than a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday to perform a marriage without fee.

(Added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1589.)


(a) The judges of each superior court having three or more judges, shall choose from their own number a presiding judge who serves as such at their pleasure. Subject to the rules of the Judicial Council, the presiding judge shall distribute the business of the court among the judges, and prescribe the order of business.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the Judicial Council may provide by rule of court for the qualifications of the presiding judge.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 344, Sec. 21. Effective September 7, 1999.)


(a) In courts with two judges a presiding judge shall be selected by the judges each calendar year and the selection should be on the basis of administrative qualifications and interest.

(b) If a selection cannot be agreed upon, then the office of presiding judge shall be rotated each calendar year between the two judges, commencing with the senior judge. If the judges are of equal seniority, the first presiding judge shall be selected by lot.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) and (b), the Judicial Council may provide by rule of court for the qualifications of the presiding judge.

(d) In a court with one judge, whether as the result of a vacancy in a judgeship or otherwise, a reference in a statute to the presiding judge means the sole judge of the court.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 784, Sec. 224. Effective January 1, 2003.)

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