I’m interested in a criminal case which is currently in its early stages before the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Orange County, Florida. In order to look up court documents, one has to go to this website:
On the top of the main page, the name of the young lady who (I assume) currently holds the office of Clerk of Courts is written in bold capital letters. In addition to that, her photograph is shown twice smack in the middle of the page, as well as a welcome message by no other than her.
When you look up a court case, again, you get her name in bold, capital letters. The name of the presiding judge of a particular case, however, is included (I wouldn’t go so far as to say: buried) in small print among tons of other informations about the case. If you want to reassure yourself which court this actually is (Ninth Circuit Court), you have to open one of the court documents you just found because the name of the court isn’t even mentioned on the results page.
I’m convinced that the clerk, Ms. Tiffany Moore Russell, is exceptionally well qualified for her position and she does an outstanding job, but I do wonder why she is featured so prominently on this website. What is the role and the significance of the Clerk of Courts?