Superior Court passes independent audit

The first-ever independent audit of Mohave County Superior Court was completed July 10 with the court receiving an overall positive review.

Beginning in 1997, the Arizona Supreme Court has required Superior Court in all counties to be audited by an external auditor every three years.

The Mohave County Clerk of Superior Court also performs internal audits annually.

The Superior Court's next audit will take place 2004, according to Virlynn Tinnell, county clerk of Superior Court.

"I am very pleased with the results of the audit," Tinnell said.

"The auditors were very thorough and professional in their duties.

The office of the Clerk of Superior Court provides a vital service to the public and the judiciary and must continue to be professional and accountable in its duties."

The findings, actually eight specific audits by an independent Utah accounting firm, determined that the court was in compliance with minimum accounting standards except for several minor exceptions.

The exceptions were financial policies such as not notifying the public that the court provides receipts for checks, which should be posted at appropriate locations, Tinnell said.

Another non-compliance area is when checks received by the court are sent back to the payer, where in fact they should be endorsed and deposited after which a refund to the payer is issued, she said.

"These are real simple fixes," Tinnell said.

"We have already taken care of everything on their list."

Filing fees that come into Superior Court are from people requesting documents for divorces, adoptions as well as fines and restitutions from civil and criminal cases.

Fees can come into Superior Court either as checks or cash.

The audit was the first independent audit for the court and for Tinnell who has been the Clerk of Superior Court for two and a half years.

"…the overall review was very positive and indicative of the professional operation being conducted by the Clerk of Superior Court," Tinnell said.