The Greene County Judicial Court gets a good rating from Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway.

The audit is separate from the one requested by county commissioners of Greene County government.

In Wednesday’s audit report, Galloway recommended the Judicial Court system come up with better budgeting practices.

The courts had been keeping almost a million dollars with no plans to spend it.

That has changed, with the courts announcing plans to use the money to upgrade courtrooms, outfit a new courtroom for an additional circuit judge, and invest in the Family Treatment Court.

The court released the following statement:

The 31st Judicial Circuit is pleased to receive a “good” rating by the State Auditor of the recently completed routine audit for the period ending December 31st, 2018.

The audit is separate and has no connection with the ongoing state audit of Greene County.

Presiding Judge Michael Cordonnier stated, “We are very proud of the manner in which the financial, operational and legal business is conducted in the Thirty-first Judicial Circuit. While it is no surprise to us, it is certainly gratifying to learn and confirm that there were no significant deficiencies detected in the audit.”

The court processed over $9,440,747 in fees and deposits for the year ending December 31, 2018.

Greene County Circuit Clerk Tom Barr stated, “The dedicated and conscientious men and women in the Thirty-first Judicial Circuit, who universally take great pride in their service to the judiciary, will be gratified to learn of the Auditor’s report.” Barr continued, “My staff worked tirelessly providing the information requested by the Auditor. I  appreciate Auditor Galloway’s staff’s professionalism in working with our office.”