Chief Justice Lambert Appoints Judges and Circuit Court Clerks to Court Technology Committee
Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert has reappointed five judges and two circuit clerks to the Court Technology Committee of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). Those reappointed are Circuit Judge Steven R. Jaeger of Covington, committee chair; Circuit Judge Barry Willett of Louisville, vice chair; Circuit Judge William B. Mains of Morehead; Chief Regional District Judge Susan M. Johnson of Paintsville; District Judge David F. Hayse of Lexington; Daviess County Circuit Court Clerk Susan W. Tierney of Owensboro; and McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Lawrence of Paducah. Chief Justice Lambert also has appointed District Judge Jeffrey Scott Lawless of Somerset as a new member of the committee.
The Court Technology Committee is responsible for reviewing policies, practices and needs for emerging court technologies.
“These outstanding elected officials have shown a great deal of interest in keeping pace with rapidly changing technology," said Chief Justice Lambert in making the announcement. "The decisions they make will influence Kentucky courts for a generation."
Kentucky has earned a reputation for using cutting-edge technology to open the courts to the public. Kentucky is one of only a few states that operate a statewide court case management system. Unlike states that maintain court data on a county-by-county basis, Kentucky's network allows the collection of data from every court facility in Kentucky to reside at one central location, the AOC in Frankfort. In addition, Kentucky was the first state to adopt video reporting as its official court reporting method. The Department of Technology Services has also implemented a statewide e-mail system for Court of Justice personnel; launched a Web site that provides comprehensive information on the Court of Justice along with Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions and court dockets statewide; automated the jury management process; created a computerized bookkeeping program for the Offices of Circuit Court Clerk; and produced a platform to support the new E-Citation program.
The AOC is the operational arm of the Kentucky Court of Justice and supports the activities of more than 3,500 court system employees, including the elected offices of justices, judges and circuit court clerks.