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Little Duplication in Court-Related Services; Clerk/Court Cooperation Should Be Improved, Report No. 10-11, January 2010
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  • Clerks of circuit court and court administrators perform a range of activities that support the state courts system. These court-related functions are assigned to clerks by statute, court rule, and administrative order and are assigned to court administrators by the chief judge of their circuit. These assignments generally are consistent across the state with little duplication between those performed by clerks and those performed by court administrators. These activities are funded through filing fees, service charges, court costs, fines, state general revenue, and local county dollars.
  • Current performance measures do not adequately assess the efficiency of court-related functions, which can be affected by insufficient cooperation between clerks and the courts as well as circuit geography and disproportionate caseloads. The clerks are working to establish unit cost metrics, and additional performance measures and standards should be developed for the courts as well.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State Courts System
Circuit Courts
County Courts
District Courts of Appeal
Supreme Court

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-11A Clerk and Court State Funded Court-Related 2009-10 Fiscal Year Budget Information,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 09-06 Judicial Case Management Practices Vary Throughout State; Better Case Data Needed,published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 07-21 Clerks of Court Generally Are Meeting the System’s Collections Performance Standards,published in March 2007.
  • Report No. 04-07 Court Fine and Fee Collections Can Increase,published in January 2004.
  • Report No. 03-24 Lack of Uniform Definitions Complicates Funding Article V Based on the Number of Cases Worked,published in March 2003.
  • Report No. 01-54 Many Article V Trial Courts Funding Issues Still Need to Be Resolved,published in November 2001.

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