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State of Missouri auditor: Joplin municipal court audit ongoing

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A worker in the Missouri state auditor's office says an audit on Joplin's municipal court system is not yet complete.

It was announced in August of last year that a citizen-driven petition would launch an audit on the City of Joplin.  An audit on Joplin's municipal court also began around that same time.

Court officials met with the state auditor's staff about three weeks ago to discuss the auditor's findings.  A response from Joplin's court officials to the state auditor's staff is due on December ninth.

State auditor workers say the fact that these findings have not yet been released does not necessarily mean there are discrepancies.

"It really depends on the particular auditee and what we're looking for.  There were some things, for example, in Joplin that needed to be completed very timely.  And so the Joplin city audit was done a little quicker than generally a city audit would take," says Gena Terlizzi with the auditor's office.

State auditor workers hope to have Joplin's municipal court audit released to the public within the next couple of months.

"We evaluate the court's internal controls over their financial functions, we look at the court's compliance with legal provisions.  And that would be legal provisions that relate specifically to the court.  And we also evaluate the court's compliance with their own court rules," says Terlizzi.

"The various departments of city government are included in that city's audit.  Because the court system is a separate entity, we do that as a separate audit and we look for different things relating to court controls and procedures when we're auditing a court then we would in a standard city government audit," says Terlizzi.

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