DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County officials say some mail addressed to a criminal court judge went unopened for two years.

Workers last week found about 700 unopened pieces of mail stuffed inside boxes and a bag under a court coordinator's desk after her last day of work.

Some letters were from defendants about their cases and contained checks to pay fines and court costs.

The messages were addressed to 282nd District Court Judge Andy Chatham, who is leaving the bench by year's end. He says the district clerk's office is reading each letter, and so far, it appears that no cases have been affected.

The Dallas Morning News reports Chatham's court coordinator, Elda Olivas, should have opened the letters. No publicly listed telephone number could immediately be located Wednesday for Olivas.

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