The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards properly authorized, adequately supported, and accurately recorded its payroll and other administrative expenditures in the state's accounting records. In addition, for the items tested, the board complied with material finance-related legal provisions and applicable judiciary personnel plan provisions.
The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards was established in 1971. The board consists of ten members: one Court of Appeals judge, three district court judges, two lawyers with ten years of Minnesota experience, and four citizens who are not judges, retired judges, or lawyers. The members may serve two four-year terms. The board is supported by a two member staff.
The mission of the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards is to receive and act upon complaints alleging that Minnesota judges, referees, child support magistrates, or other judicial officers engaged in misconduct or were unable to perform their duties. A public hearing with the Supreme Court may result from the investigation of misconduct. The board may recommend a disciplinary measure to the Supreme Court.
Financial-Related Audit Reports address internal control weaknesses and noncompliance issues found during our audits of state departments and agencies. Our audit scope included payroll, rent, legal service expenditures, and other administrative expenditures. We did not identify any findings or concerns as a result of our work at the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards.