Tina Melton attends new clerk’s orientation program

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Kentucky’s latest class of elected circuit court clerks got a jump start on preparing to take office at a comprehensive orientation program that the Administrative Office of the Courts provided Dec. 11-13 in Lexington. The new circuit court clerks were elected in the November 2012 general election and will take office Jan. 7, 2013.

Tina Melton of Grant County participated in the 2012 Circuit Court Clerks’ Newly Elected Officials Orientation.

 Circuit court clerks serve six-year terms and are responsible for managing the records of Kentucky’s Circuit and District courts.

 The circuit court clerks attended sessions about driver licensing, legal forms, the court system’s case management system, communications, court technology, the legislative process and distance learning opportunities. The orientation program also covered best practices, the legal responsibilities of a circuit court clerk and the role of a chief deputy clerk, who works closely with the circuit court clerk. The event included 14.75 hours of continuing education credit for the circuit court clerks. Experienced circuit court clerks, AOC personnel and others conducted the orientation sessions.

“It’s important for the new circuit clerks to get off to a smooth start,” said Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk Loretta Crady, who is president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks. “Six years ago, I was where these circuit clerks are – newly elected and excited about beginning my work as a circuit court clerk. The information and networking at the orientation program helped me tremendously. The program is a valuable resource for both circuit court clerks who are moving up from another position in the Office of Circuit Court Clerk and those who are new to the office.”

Twenty-nine circuit court clerks were newly elected in the November 2012 general election. Of the 29, 26 were either unopposed or won their primary election to become unopposed in the general election. The other three were opposed in the general election and won.     

In Kentucky, one circuit court clerk is elected to serve in each of the 120 counties. They provide professional recordkeeping, receive money due the courts, pay money to required parties and 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.