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Spencer County Circuit Court Clerk Becky M. Robinson participated in the 2013 Circuit Court Clerks Summer College that took place June 4-5 in Frankfort. The Administrative Office of the Courts provided the judicial education program for the state’s circuit court clerks.
The circuit clerks attended sessions on driver licensing, accounts receivable and the process for handling court filings by individuals seeking to have someone deemed disabled or court ordered to get treatment for alcohol and/or drug abuse. Susan Stokley Clary, clerk of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, was the keynote speaker for the college.
The college also included an overview of legislation passed by the 2013 General Assembly and House Bill 308, which took effect in 2011. HB 308 requires Kentucky to notify the FBI when a court finds an individual mentally incompetent. The FBI adds the person’s name to the National Instant Crime Background Check System, which federally licensed gun dealers use to screen their customers. Federal law prohibits the sale of guns to anyone adjudicated as mentally defective or who has been committed to a mental institution.
“In this era of technology, it’s important for circuit court clerks to look for ways to improve our processes,” said Boone County Circuit Court Clerk Dianne Murray, who was elected as KACCC president during the college. “The college provided training on the rollout of electronic reporting on HB 308, which will ensure that the FBI knows when a court has made a decision that impacts a person’s ability to purchase firearms. We also got a chance to discuss tips for running a successful office, including how to keep up morale during these tough budgetary times.”
The circuit clerks also 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.
The event included eight hours of continuing education credit for the circuit clerks.