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Fayette Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard honors prior superior court clerks

Current Fayette County Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard has honored those clerks of court who came before her, dating back to 1830.

Fayette County is fortunate to have all its original records and she went back to the first clerk of record, John D. Stell. Several of his descendants still reside in the county.

She photocopied the signature of each one from a record they would have signed, learned as much about each one as could be found in the Fayette County Historical Society, and obtained photos of as many as could be located.

There are now 16 framed tableaus in the waiting room of the Superior Court office and your are invited to view them the next time you are in the Justice Center.

Research revealed three family members served in the court: John D. Stell, 1830, James J. Stell, 1849, and W. J. Stell, 1920. It also revealed the longest serving, N. W. Kelley, from 1920 to 1960, and the second longest was W. J. “Bud” Ballard, 1966 to 2000.

Studdard said that she is using the same official superior court seal as used by her predecessors, and that it weighs just over six pounds.



Seems an odd time to honor Fayette Courts--clerks or judges!
As pretty much the "operating Officer" of any Court, under judicial supervision, keeping court records safe, rendering oaths, applying court seals to court orders, verdicts, and sometimes probate work, it would seem that these officers would have all knowledge of nearly everything happening in a Courthouse!

I don't mean to demean Clerks or judges as such, but after all they are known by many as the "courthouse crowd," somewhat above the common groups.

My question is: would such an official have a duty to the people in Fayette County to report to someone with jurisdiction over any court, any lack of judicial jurisprudence that they know about?

Or, is discussions with judges and attorneys attached to the court sufficient warning for such jurisprudence?

If this does not occur, then it is a "Courthouse Crowd."

highflyer2's picture

like you have been "wronged" by the system Mr.Courthouserules. I read this article about three times and I still haven't seen where it refers to "judicial jurisprudence".
What I read was an article about Sheila Studdard and the Superior Court Clerks that have preceded her. If you have a beef about the "courthouse crowd" man up and let's hear it!

abeautifulday4us's picture

CHR is correct

He means that we have all been very disappointed in the behavior coming out of the courthouse (judges, DA’s, lawyers, etc.) CHR’s point is that if Clerk Studdard had a whiff of any of it then she is part of that “crowd”. She was silent during all of that and now she’s doing a PR history campaign. Was she aware of any of this stuff ? I don’t think you need to have had any experience at all in court to end up totally embarrassed by all of this. Do you?

highflyer2's picture

I have known Mrs. Studdard for quite a few years now and all I can say is what I know of her. I do know that she takes her job very seriously and that includes the well being of the courthouse. What you might not know is that after Sheriff Johnson left, ALOT of the daily courthouse duties were adopted by the Sheriff's Dept. Security being #1 on the list.
I understand completely what all of you are saying and asking. It is EVERYONE of our duties to report wrong doings but let me ask you this. How many of you could HONESTLY blow the whistle on someone of that power when you "thought" they might be doing something wrong? If your wrong it would be political sucide!
Give me 100 people and I will show you 98 of them that see wrong doings EVERY day and elect to keep quiet about them.They might tell their family or they might "vent" about it in the blogs where their true identities are safe, but will they man up and tell the authorities about it?
Don't think so.........sad isn't it?

Never been before a court.

You can answer my question though if you wish: Should a Court Clerk stop such behavior as occurred in Fayette Superior or in the Federal Court for the judge from Newnan?

Not interested in whether you think she should or whether she couldn't (she could) or whether she told some other "courthouse" person.
If she knew, did she notify the DA or Judicial supervision?

Of course all this applies to all Court Officers as well.
Why does it have to keep occurring until a wronged person finally says, "enough?"

Judges and others have a job to do and their status does NOT cover that up for them.

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