In these very serious times, especially for our criminal justice system, it's important that we have a Clerk of Court who is dedicated to fulfilling our nation’s promise of “justice for all.” Every case file represents the fate or fortune of a person’s life. The Clerk of the Court has to possess unique qualifications to run one of the largest court systems in the world, a multi-million dollar entity. As an attorney, Certified Public Accountant and MBA, I can manage the legal, technological and financial aspects of the office. With my background in technology, internal, and external auditing, I have a keen understanding of the Office’s complex business processes and systems.
As the Clerk of Court, I converted a historically antiquated system, where two areas were still using pen and paper to record the results of court cases, into a highly functioning, progressive 21st Century Office. Today, the Clerk’s Office has electronic filing, almost 200 million digitized documents, Digital Access Terminals, and automated services such as Electronic Case Management Notices. I am one of only three Clerks of Courts in the entire country that has created a mobile app. Now, the public can search civil and traffic case information while on the go. Also, I have several convenient online services, including:
Yes, I have had some challenges of late, but I am not concerned because I know that I have handled things properly, with honesty and integrity, and will continue to do so.
My future plans for the Clerk of Court include installing a new state of the art electronic Case Management System; make all courtrooms Electronic Courtrooms, to project the electronic images we already have available; promote access to electronic images of cases via the Internet; and having the electronic record deemed the Official Court Record to establish a paperless environment. The Office is nationally renowned for the life-changing, Second Chance Expungement Summits. For 11 years, we have helped thousands of people get their lives back on track and become productive, law-abiding citizens.
I have a heart for service and will continue to provide the best service possible. I want to partner with a legal aid agency to create an Expungement Center that will help people clear their criminal record and receive comprehensive services to turn their lives around. Also, I want to create a Task Force on Child Support Collection to fix the system once and for all for parents.
I’ve made major accomplishments in the Clerk’s Office and I humbly ask for your vote to continue serving the residents of Cook County. www.friendsofdorothybrown.org