Chief Justice Johnson appoints chairman for Judicial Budgetary Control Board

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson has appointed Associate Justice Marcus R. Clark as Chair of the Judicial Budgetary Control Board. His service will conclude December 31, 2016.

The Judicial Budgetary Control Board governs the expenditure of all funds appropriated by the legislature to the judiciary. It was established in 1977 and is composed of thirteen members who serve three year terms.

Other board members include: the chief justice of the supreme court; the chief judge of each court of appeal; a district court judge selected by the Louisiana District Court Judges Association; two other district court judges; a judge from Orleans Parish Criminal Court; a judge of a separate juvenile or family court; and the judicial administrator of the supreme court.

The Judicial Budgetary Control Board oversees the expenditure of funds to each court, council, commission or board, whether created by state rule, statute or otherwise; to the Law Library of Louisiana; to the Louisiana Judicial College and to any and all judicial officers, employees and service agencies. Prior to each session of the legislature the Board presents a proposed unified budget request for the judicial branch to the Louisiana Supreme Court for approval. The Louisiana Supreme Court, acting under its inherent and administrative authority, then presents the unified budget request on behalf of the judicial branch to the legislature.