|Financial Audit Division Report 05-47||Released September 1, 2005|
Generally, the Board of Public Defense’s internal controls were adequate, and the board complied with material finance-related legal provisions. However, the board could improve its controls by limiting certain expenditures and access to its personnel/payroll system.
The Board of Public Defense is a judicial branch agency whose purpose is to provide quality criminal defense services to indigent defendants in the state of Minnesota. The board has seven members; three are appointed by the Governor and four are appointed by the Supreme Court. Public defenders handle over 185,000 cases each year. The board’s fiscal year 2004 expenditures totaled approximately $54 million. The majority of its expenditures was for payroll.