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Bar News - April 17, 2009

State Courts Join Forces to Help Clear Marital Case Backlog

A six-member team of administrative personnel drawn from all four of the trial courts and the Administrative Office of the Courts is pitching in to help address the serious issue of backlogged orders to be mailed from the marital department at Hillsborough North Superior Court.

The team was established by the Judicial Branch Administrative Council, which consists of the administrative judges of the courts and the executive director of the AOC.

Starting in mid-April, a six person team headed by Cheryll Andrews, Deputy Clerk of the Franklin Family Division and coordinated by Gina Apicelli, Family Division Administrator and John Safford, Clerk of Hillsborough North Superior Court, will work together to process and mail all orders that are awaiting dissemination.

It is hoped that all orders awaiting distribution will be mailed within four to six weeks of the start of this effort. Concurrent with this backlog clearance initiative, Pat Spencer of the Hillsborough North Superior Court marital department will continue to work with her staff on incoming petitions, motions, mail, and other necessary case processing.

Because this effort is drawing on resources from other court locations, court administrators will be watching closely to minimize significant impact on case processing in other courts.

If you have any questions about the Hillsborough North backlog project, please contact Family Division Administrator Gina Apicelli at 603-271-6418 or

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