NEW ORLEANS - A report in The New Orleans Advocate by John Simerman says that a judge has ordered the city of New Orleans to refund nearly $28 million of traffic camera fines accrued over the first 3 years of the program.

The city is expected to appeal the ruling, which calls for a refund to each and every person ticketed between January 2008 and November 3, 2010.

The report cited the lead plaintiff and attorney as the source for the decision. The Advocate reached Ad Hoc Judge Robert Burns, who served over the case. Burns confirmed only that he had made a decision.

The article states that the refund comes because of the city's decision to have the Department of Public Works handle the program at its inception, which violated the city's Home Rule Charter.