RULE XXII. THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL

Section 1. A judicial council is hereby created which shall consist of not more than seventeen voting members who shall serve three-year terms, unless otherwise specified, none of whom may serve more than two successive terms. The membership shall consist of the following:

(a) The chief justice of the supreme court, who shall always be a member and shall be chairman;

(b) One associate justice of the supreme court elected by the other members of the court. The other members of the supreme court shall be ex officio non-voting members;

(c) Two court of appeal judges selected by the Conference of Court of Appeal Judges in a manner to be determined by that conference, one of whom shall serve an initial term expiring December 31, 1980;

(d) Two district court judges selected by the Louisiana District Judges Association in a manner to be determined by that association, one of whom shall serve an initial term expiring December 31, 1978;

(e) A member of the Louisiana City Judges Association selected by that association in a manner to be determined by it, who shall serve an initial term expiring December 31, 1978;

(f) A member of the Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association selected by that association in a manner to be determined by it, to serve an initial term expiring December 31, 1978, and if that member is not a judge of a court having exclusive juvenile or family jurisdiction, another member who is a judge of a court having exclusive juvenile or family jurisdiction who shall be a non-voting member.

(g) A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association selected by that association in a manner to be determined by it, who shall serve an initial term expiring on December 31, 1980;

(h) A member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association selected by that section in a manner to be determined by it, who shall serve an initial term expiring on December 31, 1979;

(i) A member of the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute, other than an ex officio member, selected by that Council in a manner to be determined by it, who shall serve an initial term expiring December 31, 1980;

(j) One member of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker thereof, and one member of the Senate, to be appointed by the President thereof, each to serve at the pleasure of the respective appointing authorities;

(k) A member of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association selected by that association in a manner to be determined by it, who shall serve an initial term expiring December 31, 1980;

(l) A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, appointed by the supreme court;

(m) A member of the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association selected by that association in a manner to be determined by it, to serve an initial term expiring December 31, 1980;

(n) A citizen who is not a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, appointed by the supreme court;

(o) A non-voting secretary appointed by the Judicial Council.

Section 2. The chairman of the judicial council shall appoint five members of the judicial council to an executive committee, which shall meet from time to time on call of the chairman for work and consultation between regular meetings of the council.

Section 3. The council shall make its own rules, shall select a vice chairman, and shall elect members to serve in such other offices as it creates.

Section 4. Each member of the judicial council shall be paid for expenses incurred in attending sessions, in accordance with state travel regulations and out of the money appropriated to the supreme court by the legislature.

Section 5. The purposes of the judicial council shall be:

(a) To make continuous study of the organization of the courts, of the rules, procedures, and practices of the judicial system of the state, as well as of the work accomplished and the results attained by it, and of the uniformity of the exercise of discretionary power of the courts, to the end that procedure may be simplified, business expedited, and justice better administered;

(b) To receive and consider suggestions from judges, public officers, members of the bar, and citizens relating to remedies for faults in the administration of justice;

(c) To formulate methods for simplifying judicial procedure, expediting the transaction of judicial business, and correcting faults in the administration of justice;

(d) To gather judicial statistics from the several judges and other court officials of the state;

(e) To make a complete detailed report on or before March first of each year, to the supreme court and to the board of governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association, of all of its proceedings, suggestions, and recommendations, and such supplemental reports from time to time as the council may deem advisable. As soon as filed, all such reports shall be considered public reports and may be given to the press of this state; and

(f) To make investigations and reports upon such matters touching the administration of justice as may be referred to the council by the supreme court.

Section 6. The supreme court shall appoint a judicial administrator and shall fix his salary, to be paid from funds appropriated to the supreme court by the legislature.

Section 7. The duties of the judicial administrator shall be:

(a) To examine the administrative methods of the courts of the state and report and make recommendations for their improvement to the supreme court and to the judicial council;

(b) To collect, prepare, and analyze statistical data and reports on the business of the courts, including violations of Louisiana Revised Statutes 13:4207 et seq., and report to and advise the supreme court and the judicial council to the end that proper action may be taken;

(c) To examine the statistical reports of the courts and make recommendations to the supreme court and the judicial council for a uniform system of statistics; and

(d) To attend to such other matters as may be assigned to him by the supreme court or the judicial council.

Section 8. All requests of the judicial administrator, when acting under the supervision and direction of the supreme court, for information and statistical data relating to the business of the courts, addressed to the judges, clerks, officers, and employees of all the courts throughout the state, shall be promptly complied with.