This summer has been a busy one for the AOC. We continued the efforts to develop a new strategic plan for the Judicial Council/AOC and hope to have it ready for adoption at the September meeting of the Judicial Council. Our employees have traveled the state staffing, attending, and presenting at judicial seminars. We’ve worked on programs that will impact the courts in positive ways. All the while, continuing our daily business of addressing the concerns of judges and the general public. The office was fortunate to have some very capable interns this summer assisting many of our projects.
On July 15, I participated as a panel member on Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative at the National Association for Court Management Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. My remarks are available in this issue of On Balance.
The AOC has been selected to administer a federal grant that will make it possible to create a dedicated court program for domestic violence in DeKalb County; we continue to work with the Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) on Immigration and Human Trafficking issues; and we celebrated the Judicial Council/AOC’s 40th Anniversary with the 40 Years in 40 Days event during May and June.
If that wasn’t enough, our Governmental and Trial Court Liaison is already gearing up for the 2014 General Assembly and we’ve joined a unique consortium with the state’s Americans with Disabilities’ Act office and other state agencies to move our website toward federal compliance requirements.
At any one time, our office is working on many projects that utilize staff from each of our Divisions and programs. Please take a few minutes to read this issue of On Balance about the work that we’re doing to benefit you and your court. I hope you will find it of interest and that you will let us know how we may assist you.