Report from the Director

Earlier this month I was able to attend the Mid-Year meeting of the Conference of State Court Administrators which was held in Savannah. This conference brings together the state court administrators from all the states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories.  Thirty-seven jurisdictions were represented.

altThe group finalized approval of the 2013-2014 Policy Paper entitled Four Essential Elements Required to Deliver Justice in Limited Jurisdiction Courts in the 21st Century.  COSCA develops a policy paper each year to raise issues and start conversations.  These papers are meant to be educational and helpful as we all chart our course in providing access to justice in our courts.  If you would like to see a copy of the paper, please contact Betty Daniels at

Three additional reports or white papers were discussed, two from the Joint Technology Committee (COSCA and the National Association for Court Management) and new standards for Jury Management.  If you are interested in any of these three they may be accessed at the following:

Making the Case For Judicial Tools -
Developing an Electronic Records Preservation and Disposition Plan -
Jury Management Standards-
I am very happy to report that the Court Statistics Project of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has recognized Georgia’s efforts with a Reporting Excellence Award.  We are one of five states acknowledged to have embraced the challenge of improving data quality and comparability for 2012.  The report may be accessed at   A duplicate of the certificate will hang at the NCSC offices in Williamsburg, VA.  This award would not have been possible without the hard work of JC/AOC research staff, clerks, court administrators and judges around the state.

As this Courts Journal is being completed our FY 2014 Annual Report on the Work of the Courts is at the printer and will be distributed in January.  Please look for it in hard copy and on our website. 

As we close down 2014 and prepare for 2015, all of us at the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts wish everyone a peaceful, happy Holiday and Joyous New Year!

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