Henry Ford once said, "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." These simple words describe the journey that Georgia's Superior Court Clerks have experienced through their Authority for the past two decades.
In 1993, Superior Court Clerks were galvanized by a common goal and came together in an overwhelming and proactive force to convince the Georgia General Assembly and other stakeholders to entrust them to create and operate the nation's first centralized, statewide UCC filing system run by an agency other than the Secretary of State. Political obstacles were overcome and, on July 1, 1993, the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority was officially established. Hundreds and hundreds of hours were then devoted to honing the framework for the statewide UCC system, and at 10:42 a.m. on January 3, 1995, the first UCC fax rolled in from Bleckley County. As current Authority Chairman Barry Wilkes would later write, "The first fax was symbolic of … persistence. It was the culmination of half-a-decade of planning and hard work. It was a moment to be treasured, for it belonged to every Superior Court Clerk in Georgia."
Rather than becoming the "dinosaurs of Georgia's court system," as many in the judiciary had projected, Georgia's Clerks of Superior Court came together in 1993, stayed together through all the challenges and uphill battles, and worked together to create the success story we know today ... a paradigm for how government can and ought to work. From the beginning, the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority has been an innovator within the public records arena, and in so doing, has led our state to the forefront of court technology. Using a mix of old-fashioned cooperation and state-of-the-art technology, the GSCCCA has made life easier for those who need access to real estate records, financing statements, civil and criminal case data, and other legal documents.
Today, the GSCCCA is a very different organization than the one that opened its doors in 1995. Since its establishment, the Authority has not only fulfilled its original purpose of establishing a statewide system for the indexing of UCC documents, but has successfully developed and implemented a variety of additional projects at the request of the Georgia General Assembly and other state agencies. The Authority has grown into a diverse entity that is respected both locally and nationally for its progressive, innovative and effective approach to problem solving. For this reason, it has been sought by other government and not-for-profit groups to partner on a variety of issues.
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