The Judicial Branch is separate and independent from the Executive Branch. Local Judicial Branch hiring authorities are separate and independent from county and municipal government. Judicial Branch hiring authorities have independent authority to make all relevant decisions in response to adverse weather or emergency conditions. However, coordination and cooperation with local county and municipal government and other local Judicial Branch hiring authorities is often appropriate.
In a given county, court sessions may be cancelled or altered; yet one or more offices may remain open to the public. Conversely, one or more offices may be closed to the public, yet court sessions may be held, so long as the clerk, district attorney, public defender and sheriff are willing and able to provide the minimum support personnel necessary to conduct the court's business. Similarly, an office may remain open to the public, yet employees may be given the option of not reporting for work. Even if an office is closed to the public, some or all employees may be expected to report for work.