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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 345..


the exercising of the animals. Animals that are brought into the shelter in a dirty and unkempt state are washed and groomed for health reasons as a matter of practice.

3. The change in opening hours became effective in January 2010. The rationale for the change in hours was to use Wednesdays for training and development of DAS staff, for example first aid training, animals care, dog training and to allow Rangers to follow up investigations.

4. All dogs entering the facility are fed on a daily basis. If a dog requires treatment or veterinary care, an appropriate entry is made on the relevant impound sheet. These impound sheets are kept for seven years. No records are kept for the washing of dogs, as this is not a regular practice at DAS. Due to the high rotation of occupants of the kennels at the facility, a record of exercise is kept on a white board attached to the door of each kennel. This information is removed from the board when a dog is ex-pounded and a written or electronic copy of this information is not kept.

Courts—legal costs (Question No 1227)

Mrs Dunne asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 18 November 2010:

(1) How many, (a) defendants, (b) applicants, (c) respondents and (d) appellants appeared without legal representation in (i) criminal and (ii) civil matters in the ACT (A) Court of Appeal, (B) Supreme Court, (C) Magistrates Court and (B) Civil and Administrative Tribunal, as appropriate, for (I) 2007-08, (II) 2008-09 and (III) 2009-10.

(2) In each of the categories referred to in part (1), what was the proportion of each of (a) penalties, (b) damages and (c) costs awarded between represented and non-represented persons for (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10.

(3) What taxation concessions are available to corporations and natural individuals for legal expenses.

(4) What was the total amount of (a) civil damages awarded and (b) fines imposed by ACT Courts and Tribunals, as appropriate, for (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-2010.

(5) What was the total amount of costs awarded in ACT Courts and Tribunals, as appropriate, for (a) criminal and (b) civil matters for (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-2010.

(6) What was the total expenditure paid to (a) solicitors and (b) barristers by ACT Government departments, agencies, statutory authorities, and territory-owned corporations for (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-2010.

(7) What processes are utilised by ACT Government departments, agencies, statutory authorities and territory-owned corporations to allocate work to the private legal sector.

(8) What protections are in place for, and what assistance is provided to, (a) the mentally ill, (b) persons from non-English speaking backgrounds and (c) indigenous persons who appear before ACT Courts and Tribunals, as appropriate.


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