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Judge to oversee City of Maricopa courts

MARICOPA, Ariz. -- The Arizona Supreme Court has ordered a Pinal County judge to oversee administration of city and justice courts in Maricopa after an audit disclosed that the court hadn't been making deposits of fines and other payments.

Under the high court's order, Presiding Superior Court Judge Stephen McCarville will oversee daily operations and be responsible for all records.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Heather Murphy said it isn't yet known whether any illegal activity occurred.

According to the administrative order, the state Treasurer's Office did not receive money from the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court for multiple months in 2012 and 2013. Also, cash and checks were found in unsecured areas throughout the courthouse.

City Intergovernmental Affairs Director Paul Jepson said the city requested the investigation after noticing a discrepancy with the court's finances.

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