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Office of the State Auditor issues positive report for the Judicial Branch Monday, March 23, 2020

The Office of the State Auditor has released its audit report for the Judicial Branch for the biennium ending June 30, 2019. The “audit did not identify any areas of concern . . . [w]e wish to express our appreciation to Chief Justice Jensen and his staff for the courtesy, cooperation, and assistance they provided to us during this audit.” Joshua C. Gallion, North Dakota State Auditor.

The audit is a positive reflection on the Judicial Branch’s proper management of state taxpayer resources. State Court Administrator Sally Holewa and her staff, along with the other Judicial Branch team members, must be given credit for the positive result of the audit. Ms. Holewa oversees the day-to-day accounting functions of the Judicial Branch.

Highlights of the report include the following:

  • The Judicial Branch was in compliance with significant statutes, laws, rules and regulations under which it was created and is functioning.
  • Internal control was adequate and no deficiencies in internal control that were significant within the context of our audit objectives were identified.
  • There were no indications of lack of efficiency in financial operations and management of the Judicial Branch.
  • No difficulties were encountered with the audit.

The Judicial Branch provides essential services. It is providing those services in an efficient manner that is mindful of our responsibility to the taxpayers. We will continue to be good stewards of the resources provided to us through legislative funding and other sources.

Jon J. Jensen
Chief Justice
North Dakota Supreme Court

Download the 2019 Judicial Branch Audit Report.