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Part 4 - Details of Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

Courts, Tribunals and Other Authorities Services, including the Collection and Enforcement of Fines and Civil Debts Services (M19)

Overarching Purpose Statement

The overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide courts, tribunals and other authorities services, including the collection and enforcement of fines and civil debts services.

Scope of Appropriation

Departmental Output Expenses
Collection and Enforcement of Fines and Civil Debts Services
This category is limited to the purchase of collection and enforcement of fines and civil debts services.
District Court Services
This category is limited to funding the provision of services in regard to the work of the District Courts, including the Youth Court and Family Court.
Higher Court Services
This category is limited to funding the provision of services in regard to the work of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court.
Specialist Courts, Tribunals and Other Authorities Services
This category is limited to the provision of services in regard to the work of New Zealand's specialist courts, tribunals and authorities.

Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure

2015/16
Estimates
$000
Supplementary Estimates
$000
Total
$000

Total Appropriation

460,008 127 460,135

Departmental Output Expenses

Collection and Enforcement of Fines and Civil Debts Services 66,450 (429) 66,021
District Court Services 230,016 (652) 229,364
Higher Court Services 73,038 672 73,710
Specialist Courts, Tribunals and Other Authorities Services 90,504 536 91,040

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

Revenue from the Crown

409,472 (603) 408,869
Collection and Enforcement of Fines and Civil Debts Services 61,941 (472) 61,469
District Court Services 203,788 (795) 202,993
Higher Court Services 62,123 440 62,563
Specialist Courts, Tribunals and Other Authorities Services 81,620 224 81,844

Revenue from Others

50,484 730 51,214
Collection and Enforcement of Fines and Civil Debts Services 4,509 43 4,552
District Court Services 26,228 143 26,371
Higher Court Services 10,915 232 11,147
Specialist Courts, Tribunals and Other Authorities Services 8,832 312 9,144

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

2015/16
Assessment of Performance Estimates
Standard
Supplementary Estimates
Standard
Total
Standard

Satisfaction of court users with court services and facilities (see Note 1)

80% Expired measure Expired measure

Note 1 - Measure withdrawn because the Court User survey, which is used for this performance measure, has been delayed until 2016/17.

What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed

2015/16
Assessment of Performance Estimates
Standard
Supplementary Estimates
Standard
Total
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

Collection and Enforcement of Fines and Civil Debts Services

Amount collected (see Note 1)

$217.500 million ($13.5 million) $204 million

Amount collected through the Offender Levy (see Note 1)

$4.0 million ($0.7 million) $3.3 million

District Court Services

Victim services

Number of victims supported by the National Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate Service (see Note 2)

40 Expired measure Expired measure

Percentage of victims/survivors reporting improved outcomes as a result of National Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate Service (see Note 2)

90% Expired measure Expired measure

Number of victims supported by Court Services for Victims Sexual Violence Victim Advisors (see Note 2)

1,300-1,500 Expired measure Expired measure

Specialist Courts, Tribunals and Other Authorities Services

Percentage of all Maori Land Court applications disposed within 12 months (see Note 3)

100% (20%) 80%

Note 1 - The target has been revised because, due to reprioritisation within the Ministry, our Collections unit has fewer resources available than originally forecasted.

Note 2 - Measure withdrawn because these services are funded under Vote Justice. The measures have been added to the Vote Justice, Victims' Services (M42) appropriation.

Note 3 - The basis upon which this measure is calculated was adjusted in February 2015 to measure the proportion of applications that have been disposed within 12 months of receipt. The data that was previously collected was based on the 12 monthly clearance rate (disposals divided by new applications). The 2015/16 standard has been changed to 80% to reflect the new measurement methodology.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

Collection and Enforcement of Fines and Civil Debts Services

The category has decreased by $429,000 to $66.021 million for 2015/16, due to:

  • a decrease of $500,000 owing to a transfer to other appropriations administered by the Ministry of Justice to fund priorities, address cost pressures, and to adjust the allocation of overheads in the 2015/16 financial year, and
  • a decrease of $136,000 for funds returned to the Crown as a contribution to the share of costs for Budget 2015 whole-of-government initiatives.

Offset by:

  • an increase of $164,000 for additional capital charge on the revaluation of land and buildings as at 30 June 2015, and
  • an increase of $43,000 funded from revenue received for employees seconded to other government agencies.
District Court Services

The category has decreased by $652,000 to $229.364 million for 2015/16, due to:

  • a decrease of $1.550 million owing to a transfer to 2016/17 to fund the second phase of the Stronger Response to Domestic Violence work programme, and
  • a decrease of $479,000 for funds returned to the Crown as a contribution to the share of costs for Budget 2015 whole-of-government initiatives.

Offset by:

  • an increase of $1.129 million for additional capital charge on the revaluation of land and buildings as at 30 June 2015
  • an increase of $143,000 funded from revenue received for employees seconded to other government agencies, and
  • an increase of $105,000 to fund the on-going programme for Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment pilot.
Higher Court Services

The category has increased by $672,000 to $73.710 million for 2015/16, due to:

  • an increase of $596,000 for additional capital charge on the revaluation of land and buildings as at 30 June 2015, and
  • an increase of $232,000 funded from revenue received for employees seconded to other government agencies.

Offset by:

  • a decrease of $156,000 for funds returned to the Crown as a contribution to the share of costs for Budget 2015 whole-of-government initiatives.
Specialist Courts, Tribunals and Other Authorities Services

The category has increased by $536,000 to $91.040 million for 2015/16, due to:

  • an increase of $312,000 funded from revenue received for employees seconded to other government agencies
  • an increase of $232,000 for additional capital charge on the revaluation of land and buildings as at 30 June 2015
  • an increase of $120,000 owing to a transfer from the non-departmental other expenses appropriation for Tribunal Related Fees and Expenses to fund work by Weathertight Homes adjudicators assisting the Legal Complaints Review Officer, and
  • an increase of $65,000 owing to a transfer from the non-departmental other expenses appropriation for Judicial Review Costs to fund specialist application hearings set down under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.

Offset by:

  • a decrease of $193,000 for funds returned to the Crown as a contribution to the share of costs for Budget 2015 whole-of-government initiatives.
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