Section 12. There shall be an office of court management within the trial court, under the executive control of a court administrator, to support judicial functions, performance and management of the trial court. Said court administrator shall be appointed by a majority vote of the justices of the supreme judicial court; provided, however, that said court administrator shall have significant leadership experience in the fields of management and finance and shall not be a justice of the trial court. Said court administrator shall be paid a salary equal to that of the chief justice of the trial court. The court administrator shall hold said office for a term of 5 years, shall be eligible to be reappointed for additional 5–year terms, and shall devote his full time to the duties of his office. The court administrator shall perform such duties and responsibilities as may be prescribed by law and as the chief justice of the supreme judicial court may from time to time designate. The court administrator may be removed by a majority vote of the justices of the supreme judicial court.
If after due discussion and collaboration disputes between the chief justice of the trial court and the court administrator remain unresolved, such disputes shall be resolved by the chief justice of the supreme judicial court. The decision of the chief justice of the supreme judicial court shall be final and binding.