Two Faulkner County court clerks were recognized for their proficiency in the operations of the state’s case management system.
Sherry Lee and Sarah Watson, respective chief clerks for Vilonia and Greenbrier District Courts, each received the Data Quality Excellence Award and were recognized at the annual Arkansas Court Automation Programs (ACAP) Systems Conference last month.
"I am so proud of my clerks for coming so far so quickly," District Judge Susan Weaver said of the accomplishments. "This transition hasn’t been easy, but these ladies have gone above and beyond to make it as smooth as possible. Our community is luck to have them, as am I."
Vilonia and Greenbrier district courts implemented Contexte, which is a web-based case management system that allows courts to manage court cases, judge assignments, parties, violations, docketing, hearings and accounting from one system, last September.
Less than a year after the program made it’s debut in these two district courts, the courts were recognized on a state level for their advancement.
Watson said that while the transition to this system from Virtual Justice was tricky, she was thankful for the support from the city and other surrounding courts in the district.
"We just appreciate our judges, our mayor [Sammy Joe Hartwick] and our city council to allow us to have the advantages the bigger courts do," she said.
Watson said Greenbrier received advice along the way from Conway’s district court employees when learning the ropes of the new program.
"We have a really good work relationship," she said of Greenbrier District Court’s relationship with other courts within the Ninth Judicial District.
While presenting Watson the award during Greenbrier’s city council meeting Tuesday night, Weaver pointed out Vilonia and Greenbrier received these awards over 159 other Arkansas district courts.
"I just want to point out that there are 161 clerks throughout the State of Arkansas," Weaver said before the Greenbrier City Council. "These two courts were the ones that got [awards] throughout the entire state. What makes that even more special is for one, we were the two out of the 161, but also, they have been on this program for less than a year. They won an award over folks that have been on this program for 10 years for the way they do the program, the way that they enter data and the work that they do."
Alongside the Data Quality Excellence Award, Lee was also selected by the Administrative Office of the Courts to represent Arkansas at the Court Technology Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, later this month.