E-Administrative Orders

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Last week, I proudly announced the commencement of a new service my office is now offering attorneys and others who have business before the courts of Oklahoma County. The new service is Internet searchable administrative orders.

For the first time, all administrative orders issued by the presiding judges of the District Court of Oklahoma County may now be searched by lawyers and others from their personal computers. These orders may be found via Oklahoma County's Web site, www.oklahomacounty.org. After entering the Web site, court patrons may simply select the court clerk's page and then select the administrative orders search feature. The orders are easily researched by number and substance, meaning customers can look for AD orders pertaining to certain subjects simply by entering the words or phrases desired.

What is the significance of being able to search AD orders prescribed for Oklahoma County? They literally are a map to the managerial governance of this court. Everything from appointment of court reporters and bailiffs, to jury procedures, to court-required forms, to the local rules of this judicial district can be found in AD orders.

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