Madison County's judges have asked the local legislative delegation to pass a law expanding their oversight of local court operations.
The proposed change would put the court administrator's office under the supervision of the judges and would reduce the role of Circuit Court Clerk Jane Smith, who pleaded guilty to federal misdemeanor computer charges last week. Diana Bullard is the court administrator.
Presiding Circuit Court Judge Karen Hall said the primary change is shifting supervision of the court administrator from the clerk's office to the judges.
"In February of this year, when the issues related to the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts and Jane Smith were brought to our attention," she said, "the judges of this circuit realized that the management of the courts and the management of the Circuit Clerk's Office needed to be more clearly defined n order for the court system to best serve the citizens of Madison County.
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Madison County Judges Seek Changes in Court Operating Procedure