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Message From Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell

Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell

I am very pleased to announce that the Clerk’s Office has reached a big milestone in its quest to move toward a more paperless environment. Recently all courtrooms went file-less after 9th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Frederick Lauten gave final approval to move forward with this project.

Efficiencies in court should improve with time as judges will no longer need to flip through pages and pages of documents. The Clerk’s Office initiative to reduce the amount of paper generated by our office is the result of a long standing partnership with the 9th Judicial Circuit and is a huge step forward to reduce paper in courtrooms. I would like to thank all of our judges in the circuit for their cooperation and willingness to make this transition.

During Phase I of our less paper initiative, the Clerk’s Office stopped printing paper from the state’s E-portal system which provides for electronic filing of case documents leading to less paper usage. From 2010 to 2016, we reduced our annual paper usage by 2,160,000 sheets, which equals a cost savings of nearly $17,000 a year.

Also of great importance is the positive ecological impact. Per Susan Kinsella, Executive Director of Conservatree, which is a nonprofit catalyst and advocate for ecologically sustainable paper markets, one tree makes 8,333 sheets of copy paper. Using that calculation, we have already saved 1554 trees over the last six years and will continue to save at least an additional 259 trees each year on this single initiative. That’s great news for the environment. To see more about how much paper can be made from a tree, go to http://conservatree.org/learn/EnviroIssues/TreeStats.shtml

Plus, all those electronic documents won’t need to be printed and made into paper files and then carted into and out of court each day. The Clerk’s Office will also no longer pull files to send to Judges’ chambers when additional paper pleadings are submitted. Any paper pleadings received will be delivered to the judge, but the associated court files will not.


Until next time, 

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Tiffany Moore Russell
Orange County Clerk of Courts​​​​