North Carolina Conference of Clerks of Superior Court in New Bern
Terri W. Sharp, Clerk of Superior Court of Craven County, will host the 2014 Summer Educational Conference of Clerks of Superior Court of North Carolina at the Doubletree by Hilton Riverfront from Aug. 18 through Aug. 22, 2014. The Conference serves the 100 Elected Clerks of Superior Court and members of their staffs from across North Carolina. Clerks from across the state have been meeting annually since 1917 when their association was formed. The Summer Conference has met annually since it was created in 2006 by the North Carolina General Assembly to improve the administrative operations of the offices of the Clerks of Court while increasing public accessibility to the courts. The Conference also serves as a valuable resource for the Clerks, the Administrative Office of the Court, and other stakeholders in key areas of court administration.
Scheduled to participate in the opening ceremony are Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Benjamin G. Alford, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw, Craven County Board of Commissioners Chairman Thomas F. Mark, Judicial District 3-B District Attorney Scott E. Thomas, and Craven County Sheriff Jerry Monette. The conference will be opened by the Color Guard from the Craven County Sheriff.
Under the law of the State of North Carolina, Clerks of Superior Court have judicial decision-making authority in a variety of cases including foreclosures, competency, guardianships, adoptions, and cases involving wills and estates. Clerks also operate under mandate from the State of North Carolina to assist victims of domestic violence in seeking protective orders. The 100 Clerks and nearly 2400 employees account for more than 40 percent of all personnel within the judicial branch of North Carolina government. Thousands of North Carolina citizens access the courts through the Clerks’ offices each day. The Conference of Clerks of Superior Court is honored to serve each Clerk throughout the State of North Carolina and through them, the citizens of North Carolina.
The Craven County office of the Clerk of Court, headed by Terri W. Sharp, serves the residents of Craven County in matters related to estates, competency and guardianship, foreclosures, adoptions, and many other civil matters. Ms. Sharp supervises 28 Assistant Clerks of Court and Deputy Clerks of Court.