Chris Hart IV, CEO of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers recently met with the Florida Chamber Foundation to discuss the services the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers provide businesses and citizens, and the innovations being used to ensure their mission of protecting the public trust is carried out effectively and efficiently. View our three part interview with Mr. Hart below.
Managing Millions of Case Filings for Floridians
The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers provides a variety of services including jury duty, issuing marriage licenses, collecting and disbursing fines, and processing passports.
On the Role of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers
Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers are one of the best kept secrets in the state of Florida. They have nearly a thousand functions, duties and responsibilities both in statute and throughout the constitution. Nearly 6 million Floridians utilize the Court Clerks and Comptrollers services every year.
On Enhancing Access to Core Government Services
Ensuring data is transferred throughout the state to partners like FDLE, Department of Corrections, our sheriffs and others to ensure that free exchange of information between governmental units helps to improve the efficiently and effectiveness of Florida’s government. Which is really important when you consider that here in the state of Florida 11 percent of Florida’s real GDP is spent on government.
Government Efficiency and Data Integrity
In their comptroller role, the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers are responsible for reviewing county finances and serving as auditors.
On Ensuring Tax Dollars Are Spent Efficiently
They are basically ensuring that when tax dollars are extracted from our citizens and our businesses that those tax dollars are spent wisely and they are spent the way that they were supposed to have been spent when the policies were put in place.
Aligning with Florida 2030 Targets
The Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers is using technology to help respond to growing needs throughout Florida. Mr. Hart discusses how technology is helping streamline the process of managing the millions of filings that go through the court system.
On Government Efficiency
Our court clerks have said we don’t want to be on the bleeding edge but we definitely want to be on the cutting edge. We want to ensure we are serving our citizens better today than we did yesterday and that we continue to improve.
Some of our court clerks have already made great gains in embedding artificial intelligence within their record keeping. It’s allowing them to enter the information much more quickly, much more effectively, to ensure we have good data quality and that we’re managing that data.