Effingham County Superior and State Court Clerk Elizabeth Z. Hursey attended the 2013 mandated and certified continuing judicial education annual spring seminar for Superior and State Court Clerks of Georgia on April 29-May 2.
The conference, which provided 21 hours of training, was sponsored by the Superior Court Clerks’ Training Council and the Georgia Institute of Continuing Judicial Education with certificate training provided by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
The training began with Gov. Nathan Deal providing an overview of legislation enacted this year by the General Assembly that affects the statutory duties performed by superior and state court clerks. Governor Deal was very complimentary of the importance of the role of Superior and State Court Clerks for the citizens of Georgia’s 159 counties.
The training covered topics including an update from the Council of Superior Court Clerks on the new jury program and its institution into Georgia courts. The council also gave instruction on using the newly-mandated Supreme Court sentencing forms.
The FBI taught a session on how to deal with sovereign citizens and their filings. The Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority informed clerks of notary public updates, mobile search applications, real estate e-filing, new training ideas, and future training topics. The Superior Court Clerks’ Association of Georgia’s Legislative Committee informed clerks of newly-enacted laws which affect superior court clerks and the courts they serve.
Six hours of training was dedicated to the Superior and State Court Clerks’ Certificate Program. All clerks are given the opportunity to participate in this program specifically designed for clerks of superior courts in Georgia. A superior court clerk must complete a 72-hour course consisting of specialized curriculum planned by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Superior Court Clerks’ Training Council in order to become certified. Once a clerk becomes certified, each clerk is required to attend a six-hour update course annually to maintain the certificate.
Hursey has served Effingham County as Superior and State Court Clerk since Jan. 1, 1985.