Court Clerk's Office Hosts Family Court System Innovation Experts

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Posted: 2016-10-28

The Knox County Fourth Circuit Court Clerk had the pleasure of hosting two visitors on October 19-20, 2016.  Liberty Aldrich with the Center for Court Innovation (New York NY), General Counsel and Director of Domestic Violence & Family Court Programs, oversees the planning and implementation of the Center's Domestic Violence initiatives.  Ms. Aldrich coordinated the site visit in an effort to identify ways the Center could assist our court system by providing suggestions and direction for technical assistance in Knox County’s domestic violence and family courts. The second visitor was Danielle Pugh-Markie with National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (Reno, NV), Program Director for Program Development and Judicial Engagement.  The NCJFCJ provides professional resources including training, technical assistance, publications, and cutting-edge research to better assist juvenile and family court judges and system professionals.  The visitors met with over 15 individuals, including members from the  Knox County Fourth Circuit Court Clerk’s office, District Attorney’s office, Public Defender’s Office, UT Domestic Violence Clinic, Legal Aid of East TN, Department of Probation, private attorneys and judges.  Observation in the courtroom and a tour of the Family Justice Center were also conducted.  Both the Center for Court Innovation and the NCJFCJ will review all of the detailed information gathered from the site visit to provide specific recommendations for improved best practices, focused training curricula and enhanced customer service support for the Knox County citizens who have direct contact with our family law court system.