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Vote Courts

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister for Courts (M19)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Ministry of Justice

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER FOR MINISTRY OF JUSTICE: Minister of Justice

Overview of the Vote

The Minister for Courts is responsible for appropriations in Vote Courts for the 2016/17 financial year, covering the following:

  • a total of nearly $459 million (65% of the Vote) on purchasing services (mostly support for managing cases, claims and applications through courts and tribunals, and the collection and enforcement of fines and civil debts) from the Ministry of Justice
  • a total of nearly $105 million (15% of the Vote) on purchasing services from non-departmental providers. The major part of the appropriation covers costs incurred under various Acts, and
  • a total of over $137 million (20% of the Vote) on non-departmental expenditure to cover judges' and coroners' salaries and allowances.

The imposition of over $152 million of fines, offender levies, contributions towards lawyer for child costs, and other penalties imposed through the courts is expected during the 2016/17 financial year.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

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