Anthony Fuller is an optimistic individual who is running for the office of Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk. Mr. Fuller was a Supervising Deputy at the Norfolk Clerk’s office for over 17 years overseeing the Civil, Probate and Deeds Division. During this time, he supervised as many as 14 employees. A lifelong resident of Norfolk, Virginia, Mr. Fuller graduated from Norview High School. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
•Improving the Records Management System and processes to ensure accuracy integrity of data. Enhanced training of staff and increased oversight will ensure information being provided to the public is accurate and done so in a more timely and efficient manner.
•Increasing the number of citizens who report for jury duty is imperative to the administration of justice in our city. While punitive measures may result in a small increase, I believe that the key is education. Ensuring that jury notices are concise, user friendly and carefully designed is the first step. Additionally, a comprehensive public awareness campaign, that fully outlines the process and gives our citizens an overview of what to expect upon arrival and throughout the day would alleviate much of the confusion, hesitance and mistrust associated with jury service.
•Building stronger relationships between the Clerk's Office and our professional and community partners is imperative. Assembling a staff of individuals
Having spent over a decade in the Clerk’s Office, in positions ranging from entry level scanner to department supervisor, I have developed a level of experience and understanding that is second to none. In addition to my hands-on knowledge, I recently obtained a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. I am also an ordained minister and a leader in my church. This combination of practical and formal education place me in the perfect position to carry out the duties of the Clerk of the Norfolk Circuit Court.
At some point in their lives, nearly all citizens will have some form of contact with the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office can improve the lives of citizens by streamlining processes, providing clear and concise instructions and ensuring all citizens have access and are treated with respect.
Having an elected Clerk of Court ensures that there is a proper checks and balance in the Circuit Court. In addition, it affords the citizenry with a direct line of communication and ensures that their voices are heard, and concerns are addressed.
Born in Batavia, NY. Moved to Norfolk in 1985. Married to Paula J. Miller. Two children. Member of the Virginia State Bar. Law Degree from Ohio Northern University. Received my B.S.Degree at SUNY Brockport. Began my work career as a High School Teacher and Coach at Granby High School. Before I was elected Clerk in 2004, I was Chief Deputy of the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, In-House Counsel for the Norfolk Sheriff and Criminal Chief Deputy Clerk in the Norfolk Clerk's Office.
1. Continue to streamline courthouse processes to save taxpayer money and to improve the experience for the public and the legal community when they interact with this office.
2. Recruitment and retention of Deputy Clerks. Courts across the country are seeing older workers retire. With a more robust economy younger workers have other options for employment and do not often consider working in the court system. We have to address this growing shortfall of workers.
3. Although I am not statutorily responsible for the Norfolk Jury Office, I volunteered to take over to try to fix the problem of juror attendance. Since then we invested heavily in software and staffing and, with the help of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office, have made great strides in reducing our numbers of no-show jurors. But to preserve the Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury we must continue to engage our citizens on the importance of jury duty and the role it plays in our system of justice.
I have worked as a teacher and coach in Norfolk’s public schools, served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Norfolk, and been deeply involved with my church and in my community.
Before I began my first term in office in 2004, I also worked in the office of Norfolk’s Clerk of Court as the chief deputy of the criminal division.
Taken together, those experiences have given me the insight and understanding needed to effectively serve and lead a staff of 34 with a $2.1 million budget.
Other than lawyers, most citizens do not frequently visit the courthouse. Therefore, a well run Clerk's Office can improve the lives of it's residents and help them navigate the court system by:
(1) providing information in-person, via phone, through our online "chat" feature, on our website, Facebook account or Twitter feed, and
(2) dispensing that information in a timely, courteous and respectful way.
Of the five courts in the Virginia Court System (Juvenile, General District, Circuit, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court), only the Circuit Court Clerk is an elected position. All the others are appointed by the judge(s) of their respective courts. So many may ask: Why elect the Clerk of Circuit Court?
My answer would be, that unlike the other four courts - which only handle court cases - the Circuit Court Clerk has a myriad of other duties (Recording Deeds and Judgments, issuing Marriage Licenses, Concealed Weapons Permits, Fictitious Names and Adoptions) which are much more community based. Rather than have those important duties handled by a bureaucrat who only answers to the Judge, I believe the public is best served by an elected official accountable to them at the ballot box.