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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 7 Hansard (4 June) . .

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Answers to questions

ACT Policing—failed prosecutions (Question No 391)

Mr Hanson asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 24 March 2015:

(1) How much has the DPP spent on costs awarded against them for failed prosecutions in the (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 calendar years.

(2) What financial cuts to the legal aid budget have been made for each of the, (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 calendar years.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has advised the following amounts were spent on costs awarded against the DPP for failed prosecutions in the calendar years 2010 to 2014:

Calendar Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total Cost (Excl of GST) $6,510 $7,727 $57,614 $29,436 $52,934

(2) The total net movement in funding for the Legal Aid Commission (ACT) (the Commission) since 2010-11 is shown below:

2010-11

Original Budget 2014-15

Original Budget Movement Sources of Revenue $'000 $'000 $'000 % ACT Government 4,615 5,392 777 17% Commonwealth Government1 4,289 4,553 264 6% ACT Law Society 1,161 996 (165) (14%) User Charges / Interest / Other 487 632 145 30% Total Legal Aid funding as shown in relevant Budget Paper 10,552 11,573 1,021 10% Notes:

1. Revenue Sourced from Commonwealth Government represents National Partnership Agreement (NPA) funding only.

The below table includes reductions in funding to the Commission in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2014-15. Given the Commission is funded based on financial years rather than calendar years, financial years have been provided in the table below:

Financial Year 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 Item $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 ACT Government Efficiency Dividend - 2010-11 Budget2 - -19 -29 -40 -4011 ACT Government Savings Initiative - 2012-13 Budget2 - - -32 -46 -59 National Partnership Agreement - Legal Aid (Commonwealth Funding) - - -81 -33 - ACT Law Society -288 - -9 - -414


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