Vol. 12, No. 1 January 2016
Clerk’s Office 2016
Happy New Year! The Clerk’s Office implemented physical space
improvements and operational shifts in 2015 and there is more to come in 2016.
Much of the Clerk’s focus has been improving coverage, cross-training, and
staffing of the courtroom clerk position. Courtroom clerks are among the most
visible representatives of the Clerk’s office and have a demanding schedule,
including staffing hearings, drafting minute entries, and marking and handling
exhibits. Efforts are underway to improve the structure of courtroom services
to provide optimal coverage, oversight, and response to the court and
Courtroom clerks tend to have paralegal and other legal support
backgrounds and regularly transition between the private and government
sectors. This relationship helps distribute knowledge of the practice and
procedure of superior court and allows matching skill sets to the court, clerk,
and customers’ needs. Further improvements will take place throughout the year in
all areas served by the courtroom clerks.
Criminal Rules Rewrite
The Supreme Court recently created a task force to review and update the rules
of criminal procedure, with the goal of submitting proposed changes in a rule
petition by January 2017. This follows earlier task forces that have tackled
the rules of civil appellate procedure, justice courts, civil procedure, and
others. These groups of volunteers are charged with reviewing existing rules and
finding ways to restyle, simplify, and clarify them.
Thank you for your ideas, feedback, suggestions, and recommendations. The
Clerk’s Office strives for professionalism, innovation, and excellence in
maintaining an accurate, reliable court record and providing efficient,
friendly customer service throughout the year. We look forward to continuous
improvement in 2016 and beyond.