Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks’ celebrate 25 years of Trust For Life at AOC college

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Kentucky circuit court clerks celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Trust For Life program as part of the 2017 Circuit Court Clerks Fall College that took place Sept. 17-20 in Covington. The Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks created the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life to educate Kentuckians about the life-saving mission of organ donation. The program was the first of its kind in the United States.

“Thanks to the KACCC’s commitment to organ donation, nearly 2 million Kentuckians have registered to donate life,” Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life Executive Director Shelley Heavrin Snyder said. “I’m grateful for the valuable partnership with the circuit court clerks.”

The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life promotes organ and tissue donation through driver’s licensing/state identification cards and the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. Citizens have the opportunity to sign up as organ donors and donate $1 to support the trust when obtaining a license or ID at their local Office of Circuit Court Clerk.

“The circuit court clerks are proud to have been involved in creating and sustaining this life-saving mission for 25 years,” said Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk John C. Middleton, president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks. “Thousands of Kentuckians are in need of organ transplants. If you haven’t yet, please consider being an organ donor. When you get a license or state ID at your local circuit court clerk’s office, say ‘Yes!’ when asked if you would like to register to be an organ donor.”

The Kentucky Organ Donor Registry also offers online registration. To join online, visit donatelifeky.org.

While at the college, the circuit clerks also had the opportunity to meet with Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., the other Supreme Court justices and AOC Director Laurie K. Dudgeon. While the chief justice often meets with the circuit clerks at their colleges, this event provided a special opportunity for them to chat with all seven Supreme Court justices.

Sessions at the college covered jury management, language access, court technology and records retention. The circuit clerks also had a session on handling petitions for involuntary admission to facilities for adults with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. The Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing presented on issuing commercial driver’s licenses through its new electronic program and the Registry of Election Finance gave an update on election laws. The Kentucky Association of Counties gave a presentation on the pension crisis.

The college also included time for circuit clerks to share their experiences and best practices.

The KACCC and the Office of Judicial Branch Education at the AOC provided the education program for the state’s circuit court clerks. The college offered 12.75 hours of continuing education credit for the circuit clerks.

Circuit Court Clerks

Circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Kentucky’s Circuit and District courts. Circuit clerks are constitutionally 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 3,400 court system employees and 404 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.

By county, circuit court clerks who attended the conference include:

Anderson County Circuit Court Clerk Pamela J. Robinson
Barren County Circuit Court Clerk Krissie Coe Fields
Bell County Circuit Court Clerk Colby Slusher
Boone County Circuit Court Clerk Dianne Murray
Bourbon County Circuit Court Clerk Beverly Smits
Boyd County Circuit Court Clerk Tracey L. Kelley
Boyle County Circuit Court Clerk Cortney Shewmaker
Bracken County Circuit Court Clerk Heather A. Rechtin
Breckinridge County Circuit Court Clerk Cindy Rhodes
Bullitt County Circuit Court Clerk Paulita A. Keith
Butler County Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Cardwell
Caldwell County Circuit Court Clerk Danny Hooks
Calloway County Circuit Court Clerk Linda Avery
Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk Laman L. Stark
Casey County Circuit Court Clerk Craig L. Overstreet
Clark County Circuit Court Clerk Paula S. Joslin
Crittenden County Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Guill
Cumberland County Circuit Court Clerk Tracy Brewington Daniels
Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk Tanya R. Hodges
Fayette County Circuit Court Clerk Vincent Riggs
Fleming County Circuit Court Clerk Amy M. Saunders
Franklin County Circuit Court Clerk Amy Feldman
Gallatin County Circuit Court Clerk Pam McIntyre
Garrard County Circuit Court Clerk Dana Hensley
Grant County Circuit Court Clerk Tina Melton
Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk Stacie Blain
Green County Circuit Court Clerk Ann Arnett Mattingly
Greenup County Circuit Court Clerk Allen Kent Reed
Hancock County Circuit Court Clerk Noel J. Quinn
Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk Loretta Crady
Harlan County Circuit Court Clerk Wendy Flanary
Harrison County Circuit Court Clerk Teresa W. Furnish
Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Gina Lyle
Hopkins County Circuit Court Clerk Karen L. McKnight
Jackson County Circuit Court Clerk Doris Kay Ward
Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk David L. Nicholson
Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk John C. Middleton
Knox County Circuit Court Clerk Greg Helton
Laurel County Circuit Court Clerk Roger L. Schott
Lawrence County Circuit Court Clerk Jodi L. Parsley
Lee County Circuit Court Clerk Tyler Phillips
Livingston County Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Harp Knoth
Lyon County Circuit Court Clerk Rebecca Howard
Madison County Circuit Court Clerk Darlene Snyder
Magoffin County Circuit Court Clerk Tonya Arnett Ward
Marion County Circuit Court Clerk Kim T. May
Marshall County Circuit Court Clerk Tiffany Fralick Griffith
Martin County Circuit Court Clerk Steven M. Goble
McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk Kim Channell
McCreary County Circuit Court Clerk Othel King
Mercer County Circuit Court Clerk Allison Buchanan
Metcalfe County Circuit Court Clerk Tommy A. Garrett
Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk Tanya P. Terry
Morgan County Circuit Court Clerk Mary E. Coffee
Muhlenberg County Circuit Court Clerk Camron Laycock
Nicholas County Circuit Court Clerk Sandye Watkins
Ohio County Circuit Court Clerk Shannon Kirtley
Oldham County Circuit Court Clerk Steve Kaelin
Owen County Circuit Court Clerk Margaret Forsee
Owsley County Circuit Court Clerk A. Michael Mays
Pendleton County Circuit Court Clerk Michael D. Redden
Perry County Circuit Court Clerk Charles Patterson
Pike County Circuit Court Clerk Anna Pinson Spears
Powell County Circuit Court Clerk Patricia Darlene Drake
Pulaski County Circuit Court Clerk J.S. Flynn
Rockcastle County Circuit Court Clerk Eliza Jane York
Russell County Circuit Court Clerk Tony D. Kerr
Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowry S. Miller
Trigg County Circuit Court Clerk Pam W. Perry
Trimble County Circuit Court Clerk Stacy M. Bruner
Union County Circuit Court Trish Tackett
Warren County Circuit Court Clerk Brandi Duvall
Washington County Circuit Court Clerk JoAnne Mudd Miller
Wayne County Circuit Court Clerk Patricia Lay
Webster County Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Austin
Whitley County Circuit Court Clerk Gary W. Barton
Wolfe County Circuit Court Clerk Debra Sparks
Woodford County Circuit Court Clerk Christie Edwards

From Administrative Office of the Courts

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