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Circuit court clerks from across Kentucky participate in Fall College in Lexington

Tuesday, 10 15, 2013

Jamie Neal
Public Information Specialist
502-573-2350, x 50033
jamieneal@kycourts.net
http://courts.ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Circuit court clerks from across Kentucky participated in the 2013 Circuit Court Clerks Fall College that took place Sept. 24-26 in Lexington. The Administrative Office of the Courts provided the judicial education program for the state’s circuit court clerks.

The circuit court clerks attended courses on responding to requests for court records, handling domestic violence cases and working with self-represented litigants and defendants who have been assigned a public defender due to indigence. The college also provided a session on court technology, including the Judicial Branch’s plans to develop a court case management system to replace the state’s aging system and bring eFiling to Kentucky.

“It was an exciting day when the General Assembly gave the green light for a new case management system earlier this year,” said Boone County Circuit Court Clerk Dianne Murray, who is also president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks. “The court system needs the capability to provide services in a way the public has come to expect from experiences with other government agencies and private businesses. 

“We’re also striving to improve the way circuit clerks work with people who are representing themselves in cases rather than using an attorney. Many people don’t have access to an attorney or choose to represent themselves. Circuit clerks can’t provide legal advice but it is our job to do whatever we can to ensure everyone has access to the courts.”

The state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals clerks provided a course on the laws and rules for case appeals. Other sessions focused on driver’s licensing, the Motor Voter law and the process for handling involuntary commitments under Casey’s Law.

The circuit clerks received an update on the Judicial Branch budget from Director Laurie K. Dudgeon of the Administrative Office of the Courts. House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Sen. Damon Thayer discussed the difficult budget situation the state is facing. Tom Rouse, president of the Kentucky Bar Association, spoke to the circuit clerks about how budget cuts in the last five years have affected access to justice.

The circuit clerks also received an update from the Trust for Life program. The KACCC sponsors Trust for Life to promote organ and tissue donation through driver licensing and the Kentucky Organ Donor registry.

The college included 14.25 hours of continuing education credit for the circuit clerks.

Circuit Court Clerks
Circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Kentucky’s Circuit and District courts. Circuit clerks are constitutionally elected officials from all 120 counties and serve a six-year term. They provide professional recordkeeping, receive money due the courts, pay money to required parties and to the state, record legal documents, provide legal documents and other legal materials, maintain the jury system, administer oaths, handle affidavits and issue driver licenses and non-driver ID cards.

Administrative Office of the Courts
The AOC is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of nearly 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.

By county, circuit court clerks who participated in the college include:
Adair County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy
Anderson County Circuit Court Clerk Pamela Robinson
Barren County Circuit Court Clerk Krissie Coe Fields
Bath County Circuit Court Clerk Claudette Faudere
Bell County Circuit Court Clerk Colby Slusher
Boone County Circuit Court Clerk Dianne Murray
Bourbon County Circuit Court Clerk Beverly Smits
Boyd County Circuit Court Clerk Linda Kay Baker
Boyle County Circuit Court Clerk Joni H. Terry
Breathitt County Circuit Court Clerk James E. Turner
Breckinridge County Circuit Court Clerk Cindy Rhodes
Bullitt County Circuit Court Clerk Paulita Keith
Butler County Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Cardwell
Caldwell County Circuit Court Clerk Danny Hooks
Calloway County Circuit Court Clerk Linda Avery
Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk Taunya Nolan Jack
Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk Laman L. Stark
Casey County Circuit Court Clerk Craig L. Overstreet
Clark County Circuit Court Clerk Paula S. Joslin
Clinton County Circuit Court Clerk Jake Staton
Daviess County Circuit Court Clerk Susan W. Tierney
Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk Tanya Lutrell
Elliott County Circuit Court Clerk Wm. Jason Ison
Estill County Circuit Court Clerk Stephanie Brinegar
Fayette County Circuit Court Clerk Vincent Riggs
Fleming County Circuit Court Clerk Pam Lowe
Floyd County Circuit Court Clerk Douglas Ray Hall
Franklin County Circuit Court Clerk Sally Jump
Gallatin County Circuit Court Clerk Pam McIntyre
Garrard County Circuit Court Clerk Dana Hensley
Grant County Circuit Court Clerk Tina Melton
Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk Stacie Blain
Greenup County Circuit Court Clerk Allen Kent Reed
Hancock County Circuit Court Clerk Noel J. Quinn
Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk Loretta Crady
Henderson County Circuit Court Clerk Ruth London
Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Gina Lyle
Hopkins County Circuit Court Clerk Karen L. McKnight
Jackson County Circuit Court Clerk Doris Kay Ward
Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk David L. Nicholson
Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk John C. Middleton
Knox County Circuit Court Clerk Greg Helton
Laurel County Circuit Court Clerk Roger L. Schott
Lawrence County Circuit Court Clerk Jodi L. Parsley
Lincoln County Circuit Court Clerk Teresa Reed
Logan County Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Wilkins
Lyon County Circuit Court Clerk Rebecca Howard
Madison County Circuit Court Clerk Darlene Snyder
Magoffin County Circuit Court Clerk Tonya Arnett Ward
Marion County Circuit Court Clerk Kim T. May
Marshall County Circuit Court Clerk Carla Marshall
Mason County Circuit Court Clerk Kirk Tolle
McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk Glenda Ransom
McLean County Circuit Court Clerk Stephanie King-Logsdon
Meade County Circuit Court Clerk Evelyn D. Medley
Mercer County Circuit Court Clerk Beth Neal
Metcalfe County Circuit Court Clerk Tommy A. Garrett
Monroe County Circuit Court Clerk Joyce Emberton
Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk Tanya P. Terry
Morgan County Circuit Court Clerk Donna Pelfrey
Muhlenberg County Circuit Court Clerk Camron Laycock
Nelson County Circuit Court Clerk Diane Thompson
Nicholas County Circuit Court Clerk Sandye Watkins
Ohio County Circuit Court Clerk Micheline Whittaker
Oldham County Circuit Court Clerk Rick Rash
Owen County Circuit Court Clerk Margaret Forsee
Owsley County Circuit Court Clerk A. Michael Mays
Pendleton County Circuit Court Clerk Michael D. Redden
Perry County Circuit Court Clerk Charles Patterson
Pike County Circuit Court Clerk Anna Pinson
Powell County Circuit Court Clerk Patricia Darlene Drake
Robertson County Circuit Court Clerk Tabitha Tilton
Rockcastle County Circuit Court Clerk Eliza Jane York
Rowan County Circuit Court Clerk Jim Barker
Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowry S. Miller
Spencer County Circuit Court Clerk Becky M. Robinson
Taylor County Circuit Court Clerk Rodney Burress
Trigg County Circuit Court Clerk Pam W. Perry
Trimble County Circuit Court Clerk Stacy Bruner
Union County Circuit Court Clerk Sue W. Beaven
Warren County Circuit Court Clerk Brandi Duvall
Washington County Circuit Court Clerk JoAnne Mudd Miller
Wayne County Circuit Court Clerk Patricia Lay
Webster County Circuit Court Clerk Amy A. Villines
Whitley County Circuit Court Clerk Gary W. Barton
Wolfe County Circuit Court Clerk Debra Sparks
Woodford County Circuit Court Clerk Christie Edwards

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