The Brief - January 2016

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The Brief

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 litigants.

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

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.