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Judicial Council of the First Circuit

The Judicial Council of the First Circuit oversees numerous aspects of court administration and operations. Composed of the active Court of Appeals Judges and a district judge from each district, the Council is authorized by statute to issue orders to promote accountability and the "effective and expeditious administration of justice within its circuit." In addition to its fundamental responsibility to ensure that the courts in the circuit are operating effectively, the Council is responsible for overseeing large space and facilities projects within the circuit, reviewing local court rules for consistency with national rules of procedure, approving district court plans on topics such as equal employment opportunity and jury selection, and reviewing complaints of judicial misconduct or disability.  The Judicial Council also establishes committees to develop and implement circuit-wide administrative policies governing allocation of resources and topics of importance.