Forsyth County Bar Association Meeting

November 4, 2016


30 in attendance.

Bar President Charlotte Ruble opened the meeting.

The Bar’s Holiday Party will be held at Windermere on Thursday, December 15th beginning at 6pm. Bar members and guests are welcome to attend.

She reported that the Superior Court intends to purchase a desktop computer for use by attorneys in the attorney lounge. The computer will provide USB access, printing, and internet access.

Judge Smith provided an update regarding issues with the new courthouse’s acoustics – specifically, that conversations can be heard through the walls. After discussing these issues with the architects and builders, the proposed solution is that a white noise machine will be installed. The white noise machine has been demonstrated to the judges, and it seems like a possible solution.

Judge Smith reported that State Court has initiated e-filing. E-filing has not yet been implemented in Superior Court, but is planned. A brief discussion of authentication issues inherent in e-filing was had.

Judge Jordan provided an update regarding Probate Court, which is also considering implementation of e-filing. Authentication issues related to e-filing in Probate Court include the issue of original Wills. The Probate Courts across the state are working in conjunction to determine how to handle these authentication issues.

Judge Jordan announced that Probate Court’s one year anniversary of their move to the remodeled courthouse was approximately November 1. Unfortunately, there has not been time for an open house so far. The remodeled space continues to work well; attorney scheduling is on time, with special set hearings minimizing wait times for counsel, and the AV system in the courtroom is sophisticated.

Announcements from the bench concluded.

Jennifer Patterson introduced April Breeden, Esq., a new associate at Patterson Moore Butler.

Jennifer Patterson thanked those who were able to attend Patterson Moore Butler’s open house celebrating their new office space on Thursday, November 3rd. She extended an open invitation to stop by and check out the space anytime.

Charlotte Ruble introduced Brittne Jackson, Esq., a new associate at Meriwether & Tharp.

Announcements from the bar concluded, and the meeting was adjourned.