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Circuit court clerk participates in 2018 spring conference

Woodford County Circuit Court Clerk Christie Edwards participated in sessions on driver’s licensing, court technology, best practices and more at the 2018 Circuit Court Clerks Spring Conference. The conference took place June 5-6 at the Kentucky Association of Counties in Frankfort.

The circuit clerks also received updates on legislation passed during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 session, including a new law on time requirements for reporting unclaimed property that will take effect July 1, 2019. State Treasurer Allison Ball provided the session on unclaimed property.

“Collectively, offices of Circuit Court Clerk end up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in unclaimed money from bonds and other payments,” said John C. Middleton, circuit clerk for Kenton County and president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks for fiscal years 2017-2018. “We work hard to return unclaimed funds to their rightful owners and to the state Treasury when we can’t reach the owners. This session was a good refresher on how to meet reporting requirements now and under the new law.”

Citizens who think they have unclaimed funds at their local circuit clerk’s office should contact the office. Contact information is available on the Kentucky Court of Justice website at https://courts.ky.gov/courts/clerks/Pages/default.aspx. To search for unclaimed property that has been reported to the Kentucky State Treasury, visit https://treasury.ky.gov/unclaimedproperty/Pages/Unclaimed-Property-Search.aspx.

Another session provided guidance on how circuit clerks can assist self-represented litigants (people who choose to represent themselves in court) and those receiving civil legal aid. Justice Michelle M. Keller of the Supreme Court of Kentucky and Glenda J. Harrison, executive director of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission, shared successful strategies other states have used to address self-representation.

The circuit clerks also received an update on organ/tissue donation from Shelley Snyder, executive director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life. The public can register to be a donor when obtaining a driver’s license or ID or online at https://donatelifeky.org/.

The Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks and Judicial Branch Education at the Administrative Office of the Courts provided the education program for the state’s circuit court clerks. The conference offered eight hours of continuing education credit for the circuit clerks.

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