Law Day was celebrated last week at the Long County Courthouse.
The gathering was organized by State Court Judge Jeffery Arnold, Clerk of Superior Court Sherry Long and Sheriff Craig Nobles to recognize the country’s laws.
Though Arnold wasn’t able to attend, Long and Nobles both were present. Long spoke to about 40 people about plans she had for the future. Long said that when she was elected this past year, she began providing reports to Arnold and Nobles showing the amount of revenue taken in by the court and then disbursed to the county. She said that for 2013, there was an increase in revenue of more than $50,000 from 2012.
"I am very proud of this," Long said. "Of course, the sheriff’s department has been instrumental in writing the tickets, and we do the collecting. Our offices work very closely to ensure an accurate and balanced account."
Long said she plans to create an archiving system so that should a disaster destroy her office, a back-up for maintaining the county records would be in place. She said that currently, the files are updated every night. Long said that even though the project will have some costs, she hopes the Long County Commission will recognize the importance of creating it.
She also said she hopes to remodel some of the courtroom and change its appearance. Possible changes include placing additional paintings in the courtroom, including paintings of Judge Mel Price and Sheriff Cecil Nobles and painting the judge’s bench.
Other plans include offering passport services from her office, she said.
Following Long’s presentation, Nobles gave the group a little history of Law Day and how sheriffs came to be in the United States.
Nobles said Law Day was commemorated in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower to recognize the United States’ commitment to recognize the rule of law. He said that the day has been annually celebrated ever since.
Nobles also said that the position of sheriff dates to 600 B.C., when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon appointed a sheriff to maintain his laws. Nobles said the position continued to exist, and that throughout the Middle Ages sheriffs were appointed over geographical jurisdictions in Europe. Nobles said that when settlers first arrived in North America, there was a need to maintain order. The first sheriff to serve in America was William Stone.