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AZ chief justice: Maricopa courts worse than believed

The Arizona Supreme Court says financial troubles with two Pinal County courts are worse than initially believed.

The high court’s chief justice in January ordered a Pinal County Superior Court judge to oversee administration of city and justice courts in Maricopa.

Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch took that action after an audit disclosed that the Maricopa courts hadn’t been making deposits of fines and other payments.

Berch now says in a new order that the two Maricopa courts’ courts’ financial, record-keeping, and case management systems have broken down.

Her order says management by Judge and Justice of the Peace Scott Sulley has been “problematic” and that he is being reassigned to unspecified duties.

Berch says that’s necessary to rebuild the two courts and restore their proper functions.

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