Mary Smithson, Bucks County Clerk of Courts, was recently elected by her colleagues’ unanimous vote to serve as president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Court. She will serve in that capacity for the 2014-2015 term.
This statewide association examines methods by which county prothonotaries and clerks of court enhance efficiency and service of the civil and criminal courts throughout all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. The association comments on upcoming legislation that may impact litigants in the civil and criminal courts system. Mrs. Smithson has been recognized for her efforts in the continual improvement of efficient collections of past due criminal fines and implementing technology to reduce taxpayer costs associated with the operations of county government. Her election to this statewide position demonstrates her colleagues’ recognition of Mrs. Smithson's strong work ethic and leadership in these areas.
"Our association has a demanding agenda for the coming year," said Mrs. Smithson. "We are facing changes in fees mandated by the legislature while maintaining technological advancements in the 21st century. We are confronted with economic challenges that demand significant oversight by the association members. I am enthusiastic about working closely with our legislative and judicial leaders to advocate on behalf of all local government office holders."
The Clerk of Courts is the filing office of all criminal matters in the Court of Common Pleas including bail, restitution and court costs. The Prothonotary is the filing office which handles all the civil matters including judgments, property liens and passports. Mrs. Smithson has served as Bucks County Clerk of Courts since 1996.