Although court clerks occupy a strategic position in county government, they have not been examined in detail. Their crucial role in the budgetary process, coupled with the vast panoply of duties assigned them, elevates their office to semi-sovereign status within the county. The state of Florida was chosen as a focus for an indepth study of the clerk's office. The study revealed that despite the fact that clerks are well-educated, they are relatively unknowledgeable about modern technology and techniques to assist in the operation and management of their offices. This, coupled with the county court clerk's conservative nature, accounts in part for why states have been victims of archaic and outdated court systems and procedures.
Larry Berkson and Steven Hays,
The Forgotten Politicians: Court Clerks,
30 U. Miami L. Rev.
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