The Cleburne County Circuit Clerk received a Data Quality Award from the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts on July 27 at the Annual Court Automation Programs (ACAP) Conference. ACAP provides technical support to the state’s courts, makes court information available to the public and develops online court-related services. During the closing session of the conference, the Cleburne County Circuit Clerk, Heather Smith, received an award for excellence in data quality for addressing a backlog of cases needing entry into Contexte.

Smith said, “I am so thankful to work with the Honorable Judge Lee Harrod, Administrative Judge for the 16th Judicial District, who will see this project from start to finish. There will be several phases to this project and as we move forward, we will keep everyone aware of the progress. County Judge Jerry Holmes has been very supportive of the project knowing it will better serve the community and county. A special thank you to the Cleburne County Quorum Court for the support needed in doing the full court conversion. The employees of the Circuit Clerk’s office have worked so hard to accomplish what has been done up to this point. Lots of hard work is ahead of us but they all work so very hard to see that this project will be successful. Thank you Cleburne County for your support. We are here to serve you the best we can.”

Diane Robinson, director of the Office of Research and Justice Statistics, commended Smith saying, “Accurate and timely information is key to serving the public, and we appreciate the dedication of Heather Smith and the staff of the circuit clerk’s office.”

The mission of the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts is to support the Arkansas Judiciary and employees of the judicial branch ad to assist attorneys and members of the public who rely upon an independent state court system that is efficient, accessible and fair to all.