FRANKFORT — County circuit court clerks participated in the 2012 Circuit Court Clerks Fall College that took place Nov. 13-15 in Lexington. The Administrative Office of the Courts provided the judicial education program for the state’s circuit court clerks. The event included 15 hours of continuing education credit for the circuit clerks. The local clerks who participated were: Casey County Circuit Court Clerk Craig L. Overstreet; Garrard County Circuit Court Clerk Dana Hensley; and Lincoln County Circuit Court Clerk Teresa Reed.
The circuit court clerks attended sessions on adoptions, forcible detainers, accounts receivable, driver licensing, the juvenile court process, child support enforcement and the court system’s case management system. The circuit court clerks also spent time discussing best practices in their offices.
The circuit court clerks heard from Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. and the other Supreme Court justices and AOC Director Laurie K. Dudgeon at the college. They also had a session with the commissioner of the state Department of Corrections and attended courses about House Bills 463 and 308, which took effect in 2011. HB 463 is the most comprehensive overhaul of Kentucky’s penal code in more than 30 years and HB 308 requires Kentucky to notify the FBI when a court finds an individual mentally incompetent.
The circuit clerks received information about upcoming distance learning that will provide them with continuing education without the travel and 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.
Circuit Court Clerks
Circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Kentucky’s Circuit and District courts. Circuit clerks are 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.