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Clerk of Court Elizabeth A. Smith

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About the Clerk
Clerk Elizabeth A. Smith

Clerk Elizabeth A. Smith

Updated on Apr 15, 2015

Elizabeth A. “Libby” Smith has served as the Clerk of Court for the consolidated United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho since December 2009. In this capacity Ms. Smith is responsible for leading and directing all of the administrative and operational areas for the consolidated District and Bankruptcy Courts, through offices in Boise, Pocatello, Coeur d’Alene, and Moscow. As the primary court executive and chief administrator, Ms. Smith advises the Judges of the Court, and is responsible for areas such as financial management, space and facilities, jury services, human resource administration, information technology services, policy and procedural implementation, strategic planning, statistical analysis, interaction with the Bar, and public relations.

What does the Clerk of Court do?

Clerk of Court Responsibilities

The clerk of court is an officer of the federal district court appointed by the court's Judges and serves as the chief executive officer.  The clerk oversees the court's administration, especially managing the flow of cases through the court and all of its non-judicial functions.

The clerk of court and clerk's office staff play many vital roles; sometimes the office is referred to as the nerve center of the court (FJC 2014).  Clerk's office functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Screening pleadings and other documents submitted to the court to ensure they comply with legal requirements and court rules;
  • Jury administration;
  • Recruiting and hiring;
  • Preparing budgetary requests and spending plans to meet the court's goals;
  • Monitoring the construction of space and facilities;
  • Maintaining a liaison with all areas of the judiciary and related government agencies;
  • Information technology infrastructure and systems;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Criminal Justice Act administration;
  • Alternative dispute resolution administration;
  • Continuity of operations planning and emergency preparedness; and
  • Providing non-confidential information to the press.

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