On Court Reporters

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I guess it's appropriate, since I am fortunate to be able to contribute this column to The Journal Record, to note that all court clerks have significant duties as "reporters."

All court clerks are required to provide statistical information regarding district court activities to the Administrative Office of the Courts, or AOC. The AOC is the Supreme Court's management agency. The information is used by the Supreme Court in its capacity as superintendent over courts and by the Legislature for budgeting and other purposes.

Among the information required to be compiled and reported about the District Courts are:

- The number and types of cases filed.

- The number and types of cases disposed of.

- The number and types of pending cases.

Many of these statistics are actually maintained by the AOC in the eight counties linked by the Supreme Court's computer network, including Oklahoma County.

One of the most important reports required of the 77 court clerks in Oklahoma is the Court Fund report. Court clerks must periodically report receipts, disbursements and the total balance in local Court Fund accounts. Each county's Court Fund derives its revenue from receipts of civil filing, license and copying fees, as well as from collection of criminal fines, fees, forfeitures and other assessments. …