MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The clerk of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, John Wilkerson, is retiring after working for the court since 1975.
The court announced Wednesday that Wilkerson is stepping down Dec. 31. The judges on the court have chosen their assistant clerk, Rebecca Oates, to replace Wilkerson.
Wilkerson went to work for the state court system in 1972, serving as a law clerk for then-Chief Justice Howell Heflin. Then he worked as a research analyst for the state Supreme Court before starting as the first full-time clerk at the Court of Civil Appeals in 1975.
Wilkerson said one of his proudest accomplishments was overseeing technological strides at the court. He said it has gone from secretaries typing judges' dictated opinions to being totally paperless, with all documents handled electronically.