LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday admonished the Lincoln County circuit clerk for violating an order but dropped a contempt case against her.
The state’s highest court said it accepted a special master’s finding that the clerk, Cindy Glover, violated an order of the court but that the violation was the result of a misunderstanding and was not willful.
In February, the Supreme Court ordered Glover to submit filed documents in a defendant’s appeal of a ruling denying his claim that he was unable to pay his filing fees. The high court said Glover submitted the documents, but they were improperly stamped “received” instead of “filed.”
Glover appeared before the court in May and pleaded not guilty to contempt.
In its order Thursday, the Supreme Court said the special master found that the misunderstanding occurred because the Lincoln County Circuit Court had a long-standing practice of labeling inmate proceedings as “received” instead of “filed” when filing fees had not been paid.
Glover has instituted new policies to prevent a recurrence of the violation, the court said.