Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released findings from an audit on the Ferguson Municipal Court on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The audit revealed that the court neglected to store case files with personal information in a secure location, nor was there a tracking system in place to maintain the files. Moreover, Auditor Galloway’s office identified $26,000 in illegal fees charged to citizens.
"Considering the lack of cooperation my staff experienced in their official roles as representatives of my office, I can only imagine how average citizens are treated when they are trying to get information about their cases or resolution on serious issues," Auditor Galloway said.
The Auditor’s office will conduct a follow-up review later this year as a result of the court’s poor performance rating.
Representative Cora Faith Walker (D-Ferguson) expressed deep concern over the findings from the audit, and remains committed to working with public officials, community members and other stakeholders to address injustices in the municipal court. Walker hopes the audit will encourage leaders to implement positive changes before the next review.
“The findings from the State Auditor’s report on Ferguson Municipal Court are disturbing. No community should have to endure this type of stress from an institution that’s put in place to uphold justice and protect democracy,” stated Walker. “I will continue to work with state and local leaders to address the inequities of the municipal court system and implement solutions that ensure the well-being of my constituents.”