Recommendations for changes in collecting court fees.
Auditor of State Mary Mosiman today released a report on the Iowa Judicial Branch – County Clerks of District Courts, a part of the State of Iowa, for the year ended June 30, 2012.
The Judicial Branch provides court services through the County Clerks of District Courts in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. The County Clerks of District Courts are responsible for providing, managing and maintaining document processing activities of civil, probate, criminal, juvenile, traffic, child support and small claims for the courts. They also collect, deposit, disburse and account for all fees and other monies paid to the County Clerks of District Courts’ offices.
Mosiman made recommendations to improve segregation of duties in the various County Clerks of District Courts’ offices and strengthen controls over cash receipts, cash disbursements and financial reporting. Mosiman also made recommendations to improve various aspects of the Iowa Court Information System. Judicial Branch officials responded to each item in the report and stated corrective action is being taken.
A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at http://auditor.iowa.gov/reports/1365-4442-BR00.pdf.