Audit blasts financial management of California courts

Jan 7, 2015 2:31 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new audit criticizes the financial management of California's court system, questioning millions of dollars in spending since 2010.

The report released on Wednesday by the state auditor says the Administrative Office of the Courts paid some of its staff members more than the governor and could save $7 million alone by using state employees instead of contractors and temporary employees in some cases.

The administrative office helps manage the judicial branch budget. It is overseen by the Judicial Council, which is led by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. The audit says the council was not adequately monitoring the administrative office's expenses.

In a statement, Cantil-Sakauye said the audit is a useful tool and the council is already in the process of implementing some of it recommendations.

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