LAR 1. Presiding Judge. 1.1 Election. Pursuant to General Rule 29(a)(1), Rules of Court (GR 29(a)(1)) the elected Superior Court Judges shall elect a Presiding Judge and an Assistant Presiding Judge by majority vote at a meeting of the Judges to be held in October December of odd numbered years. Comment: the idea is to give some lead time for scheduling and transition. 1.2 Term. The terms of the Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge shall be for two years beginning January 1 of the even numbered year after their election. 1.3 Vacancy. A vacancy in the office of the Presiding Judge shall be filled by the then Assistant Presiding Judge. A vacancy in the office of Assistant Presiding Judge shall be filled by majority vote of the elected Superior Court Judges at the first meeting of Judges to be held after the vacancy is known to exist. Judges filling vacancies shall serve until January 1 of the next even numbered year. 1.4 Duties and Responsibilities. The duties of the Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge shall be as provided in GR 29. Unless otherwise provided herein, GR 29 shall apply. Comment: With this change the rest of 1.4 and all of 1.5 and 1.6 could be deleted. The Presiding Judge shall supervise the judicial business of the Court as authorized and directed in GR29(e)(f) and (h). The Assistant Presiding Judge shall serve as Acting Presiding Judge during the absence of or upon request of the Presiding Judge, and shall perform such further duties as the Presiding Judge or the majority of the elected Judges shall direct. 1.5 Qualifications. Selection of a Presiding Judge should be based on the Judge's (1) management and administrative ability, (2) interest in serving in the position, (3) experience and familiarity with a variety of trial court assignments, and (4) ability to motivate and educate other Judicial Officers and court personnel. The Presiding Judge shall have at least four years of experience as a Judge, unless this requirement is waived by a majority vote of the elected Judges of the Court. 1.6 Removal. The Presiding Judge may be removed by a majority vote of the elected Judges of the Superior Court. 1.7 Interim Term. Since the effective date of GR 29 is April 30, 2002, the Presiding Judge and the Acting Presiding Judge shall be elected by majority vote of the Judges of the Lewis County Superior Court upon adoption of this Rule and shall serve in the interim until January 1, 2004.
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