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CLERK BOCK WELCOMES FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE BARBARA PARIENTE

Courthouse visit includes updates on new Clerk & Comptroller technologies

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (July 15, 2010) – Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente met with Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock Thursday afternoon, as part of a joint effort to examine ways to increase Palm Beach County court’s productivity and efficiency through the use of technology.

In the past three years, the budgets of the courts and clerks have each been cut by more than 30 percent.

During Justice Pariente’s visit to the Palm Beach County Courthouse, Clerk Bock highlighted the Clerk’s new case management system, scheduled to launch in October for criminal court and early next year for civil court. The new case management system will improve efficiencies by offering access to real-time case data and documents, as well as reporting and analysis capabilities.

Clerk Bock also outlined the office’s plan for the electronic filing of court documents, also known as E-filing. Attorneys and others should be able to start the electronic filing of court documents in early 2011.

“This use of technology will save money, while increasing productivity and access for not only our office, but the entire judicial system,” Clerk Bock said. “I was pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our new systems for Justice Pariente.”

Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Gary Farmer, Chief Judge Peter Blanc from the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and other court officials were all in attendance for the visit.

Justice Pariente is no stranger to Palm Beach County courts. Before becoming a Florida Supreme Court Justice in 1997, she served on the Fourth District Court of Appeals in West Palm Beach. She also was an attorney in private practice locally.

To learn more about the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, go to www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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