The Marbut Report: Northeast Florida clerks of court win excellence awards

Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties are recognized by the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers.

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At the group’s summer conference, Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers recognized 40 members for participating in its inaugural Best Practices Excellence program.

The program was established this year as an opportunity for clerks to receive certificates for completing assessments that evaluate acceptance of certain best practices.

The 2020-21 Best Practices Excellence Program evaluated and recognized clerks and comptrollers for compliance in bail bonds forfeitures, compliance services, confidential judicial records, guardianship audit, marriage licenses, recording fundamentals and service of pro se documents by clerk.

Among the 68 clerks and comptrollers in the state, 40 offices participated in the program with 18 offices receiving a Recognition of Excellence certificate in all seven categories.

“In developing our FCCC Best Practices Excellence Program, we worked collaboratively, seeking the input of many Clerks and Comptrollers to ensure the aspects of the program applied to offices of varying sizes and circumstances,” said FCCC Immediate Past President and Clay County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Tara Green in a news release.

“While we understand there isn’t always a one-size-fits-all approach to serving every county, best practices have helped create consistency, which can lead to improved efficiency, more effective collaboration with our justice partners, and better services throughout the state.”

“Checklist submissions for the Best Practice Excellence Program are optional, so the absence of certificates does not automatically indicate a county does not already observe or is not working toward meeting requirements for best practices in the mentioned categories. We expect that most, if not all, counties will apply for the recognition in future years,” said Patrick Manderfield, FCCC spokesman, in an email.