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Chief justice: Pinal courts worse than believed

MARICOPA, Ariz. -- The Arizona Supreme Court said financial troubles with two Pinal County courts are worse than initially believed.

The high court's chief justice in January ordered a Pinal County Superior Court judge to oversee administration of city and justice courts in Maricopa.

Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch took that action after an audit disclosed that the Maricopa courts hadn't been making deposits of fines and other payments.

Berch said in a new order that the two Maricopa courts' courts' financial, record-keeping, and case management systems have broken down.

Her order said management by Judge and Justice of the Peace Scott Sulley has been problematic and that he was being reassigned to unspecified duties.

Berch said that's necessary to rebuild the two courts and restore their proper functions.

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