Title 15, Chapter 6, Section 27
(a) All state paid personnel employed by the superior court judges
pursuant to this article shall be employees of the judicial branch
of state government and shall be in the unclassified service of the
State Merit System of Personnel Administration.
(b) Personnel employed pursuant to this Code section shall have such
authority, duties, powers, and responsibilities as are assigned by
the appointing superior court judge or as authorized by law or by
the uniform policies and procedures established by The Council of
Superior Court Judges of Georgia and shall serve at the pleasure of
the superior court judge.
(c) Subject to the provisions of this Code section, The Council of
Superior Court Judges of Georgia shall adopt and amend uniform
policies, rules, and regulations which shall apply to all state paid
personnel employed by the superior court judges. Such policies,
rules, and regulations may include provisions for appointment,
classification, transfers, leave, travel, records, reports, and
training of personnel. To the maximum extent possible and
consistent with the duties and responsibilities of the superior
court judges and the rules of the trial and appellate courts, such
policies, rules, and regulations shall be similar to policies,
rules, and regulations governing other state employees; provided,
however, no policy shall be implemented which reduces the salary of
any personnel employed on July 1, 1997. Not less than 30 days prior
to taking final action on any proposed policy, rule, or regulation
adopted pursuant to this Code section, or any amendment thereto, the
council shall transmit a copy of the policy, rule, regulation, or
amendment to all superior court judges and the chairpersons of the
Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives and the
Judiciary Committee of the Senate.
(d) State paid personnel employed by a superior court judge shall be
entitled to annual, sick, and other leave authorized by the
policies, rules, or regulations adopted by the council.
(e) Subject to the provisions of Code Sections 15-6-25 and 15-6-28, the council shall annually promulgate salary schedules for each state paid position. Salaries shall be paid in equal installments from state funds appropriated or otherwise available for the operation of the superior courts.
(f) Personnel compensated by the state pursuant to this article
shall be entitled to receive, in addition to such other compensation
as may be provided by law, reimbursement for actual expenses
incurred in the performance of their official duties in accordance
with the rules and regulations established pursuant to Article 2 of
Chapter 7 of Title 45. Such reimbursement shall be made from state
funds appropriated or otherwise available for the operation of the
(g) Personnel compensated by the state pursuant to this article are
authorized to purchase such supplies and equipment as may be
necessary to enable them to carry out their duties and
responsibilities. The funds necessary to pay for such supplies and
equipment shall come from funds appropriated or otherwise available
for the operation of the superior courts.
(h) The governing authority of the county or counties comprising a
judicial circuit may supplement the salary or fringe benefits of any
state paid personnel appointed pursuant to this article.
(i) The governing authority of any municipality within the judicial
circuit may, with the approval of the superior court judge,
supplement the salary or fringe benefits of any state paid personnel
appointed pursuant to this article.
(j) In lieu of hiring personnel under this article, superior court judges, with the written consent of the governing authority of any county or counties within a judicial circuit, may employ personnel who shall be employees of the county which pays the compensation of the personnel. The county shall be reimbursed, from funds appropriated or otherwise available for the operation of the superior courts, for the compensation paid to the personnel plus any employer contribution paid for the personnel under the act of Congress, approved August 14, 1935, 49 Stat. 620, known as the Social Security Act, as amended, but the payments shall not exceed the maximum amount payable directly to or for the personnel as promulgated by The Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia for state paid personnel. In the event of any vacancy which occurs after July 1, 1997, in a position compensated by a county pursuant to this Code section, the vacancy may be filled as provided in Code Section 15-6-25.