I made a comment a couple months ago that I had a potential nominee for something I was going to call the “Golden Gavel Awards.” In my mind this award would be given to those that I felt had contributed to the cause of bringing to light all of the flaws that the Administrative Office of the Courts has. Not so much as to mock or belittle the AOC as some would believe, and yes I’m fully aware of the tone of some of my posts, but to make the AOC a better agency not just for those who work there or who are influenced by its decisions directly, but for the general public who walk through courthouse doors almost every day in this state.
So, with that in mind, each day this week I’m going to be posting about the nominees for the AOC Watcher Crystal Gavel Award before I reveal who, in my eye, is the winner of this year’s Crystal Gavel Award. Yes, there is no actual physical award. And yes, it comes with no monetary, or for that matter, real value other than the value of my thanks. But I’m sure I speak for many when I say much gratitude is owed to these person(s) for the cause of bettering the AOC.
Crystal Gavel Nominee: The Followers of Themis
What can I say? When I first began writing this blog I had NO idea that it would be picked up on people’s radars. For all I knew the only people who would wind up reading the blog was me, myself, and I. But surely enough, the blog picked up steam, picked up readers, and more importantly to me, picked up supporters who were willing to spill what they knew about what was going on in the Death Star headquarters they call the AOC. Without these people that I nicknamed The Followers of Themis. And in case you have no idea who Themis is, she is more commonly personified as Lady Justice. It is she with her blindfold, scales, and sword, who adorns many courthouses throughout the world promising unbiased justice.
It is The Followers of Themis who AOC Watcher readers owe much gratitude to, for if it were not for them, we would not have known about many of the ill-advised decisions and actions taken at the AOC that showed an agency not only out of touch with the people it claims to serve, but also lacking any sense of justice for its own employees. You know who you are Followers of Themis. You bravely came forward and shared what you knew even as those in the AOC command began to tighten the grip. I freely acknowledge that without your help and the information you provided, this blog may never have gotten off the ground or attracted so many readers.