Supplementary estimates of appropriations

Vote Attorney-General - Supplementary Estimates 2014/15

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Attorney-General (M5)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Crown Law Office

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER FOR CROWN LAW OFFICE: Attorney-General

Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections#

Annual and Permanent Appropriations#

  2014/15
Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation Type Estimates
Budget
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
Budget
$000
Total
Budget
$000

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Legal Advice and Representation (M5)

Providing legal advice and representation services to central government departments and Crown agencies.
22,365 - 22,365

The Exercise of Principal Law Officer Functions (M5)

Providing legal advice, representation services and administrative services to the Attorney-General and Solicitor-General to assist them in the exercise of their Principal Law Officer functions, and the provision of legal and constitutional advice to the Government, Ministers, and the judiciary.
2,924 (900) 2,024

Total Departmental Output Expenses

25,289 (900) 24,389

Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Crown Law Office - Capital Expenditure PLA (M5)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of the Crown Law Office, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989.
380 300 680

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

380 300 680

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

     

Supervision and Conduct of Crown Prosecutions and Appeals MCA (M5)

The overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide for the discharge of the Solicitor-General's responsibilities in respect of the criminal law.
39,005 1,358 40,363
Departmental Output Expenses
     
Conduct of Criminal Appeals from Crown Prosecutions
This category is limited to conducting appeals arising from Crown prosecutions.
3,285 - 3,285
Criminal Law Advice and Services
This category is limited to the provision of advice on criminal law, mutual assistance and extradition matters to other government agencies and to Crown Solicitors.
1,488 900 2,388
Oversight and Supervision of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Solicitor Network
This category is limited to the oversight of public prosecutions and supervision of the network of Crown Solicitors who deliver prosecution services.
840 - 840
Provision of a National Crown Prosecution Service
This category is limited to the provision of a national Crown prosecution service that undertakes prosecutions and appeals on behalf of the Solicitor-General.
33,392 458 33,850

Total Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

39,005 1,358 40,363

Total Annual and Permanent Appropriations

64,674 758 65,432

Capital Injection Authorisations#

  2014/15
  Estimates Budget
$000
Supplementary
Estimates Budget
$000
Total Budget
$000
Crown Law Office - Capital Injection (M5) - - -

Supporting Information#

Part 1 - Vote as a Whole#

1.2 - Trends in the Vote

Summary of Financial Activity

  2014/15
    Supplementary Estimates  
  Estimates
$000
Departmental
Transactions
$000
Non-Departmental
Transactions
$000
Total
Transactions
$000
Total
$000

Appropriations

         
Output Expenses 25,289 (900) - (900) 24,389
Benefits or Related Expenses - N/A - - -
Borrowing Expenses - - - - -
Other Expenses - - - - -
Capital Expenditure 380 300 - 300 680
Intelligence and Security Department Expenses and Capital Expenditure - - N/A - -
Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure (MCA)          
Output Expenses 39,005 1,358 - 1,358 40,363
Other Expenses - - - - -
Capital Expenditure - N/A - - -

Total Appropriations

64,674 758 - 758 65,432

Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

         
Tax Revenue - N/A - - -
Non-Tax Revenue - N/A - - -
Capital Receipts - N/A - - -

Total Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

- N/A - - -

Part 2 - Details of Departmental Appropriations#

2.1 - Departmental Output Expenses

Legal Advice and Representation (M5)

Scope of Appropriation

Providing legal advice and representation services to central government departments and Crown agencies.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

  2014/15
Performance Measures Estimates
Standard
Supplementary
Estimates
Standard
Total
Standard

Quantity

     

Claims filed with the Waitangi Tribunal

New measure 25 - 50 25 - 50

Quality

     

Client survey respondents consider Crown Law's overall advice and services are good or excellent

Replaces the following measure 80% 80%

Client survey respondents consider Crown Law's service is good or excellent

80% Replaced Replaced

Matters in progress

     

Advice

650 - 750 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Litigation

700 - 800 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Judicial Review

175 - 225 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Matters disposed of

     

Advice

380 - 430 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Litigation

300 - 350 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Judicial Review

75 - 125 Withdrawn Withdrawn

The decrease in the number of non-financial performance measures reflects a strengthened focus on meaningful performance reporting.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Crown Law Office in the annual report.

The Exercise of Principal Law Officer Functions (M5)

Scope of Appropriation

Providing legal advice, representation services and administrative services to the Attorney-General and Solicitor-General to assist them in the exercise of their Principal Law Officer functions, and the provision of legal and constitutional advice to the Government, Ministers, and the judiciary.

Expenses and Revenue

  2014/15
  Estimates
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
$000
Total
$000
Total Appropriation 2,924 (900) 2,024
Revenue from the Crown 2,874 (900) 1,974
Revenue from Others 50 - 50

What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve increased trust in the justice system through the performance of the Principal Law Officers' constitutional and other duties.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

  2014/15
Performance Measures Estimates
Standard
Supplementary
Estimates
Standard
Total
Standard

New matters

     

Litigation on behalf of the Law Officers (Attorney-General and/or Solicitor-General)

Replaces the following measure 5 - 10 5 - 10

Litigation on behalf of the Attorney-General

5 - 10 Replaced, now refers to the Law Officers Replaced, now refers to the Law Officers

Matters in progress

     

Applications processed on behalf of the Attorney-General

150 - 200 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Advice on behalf of the Attorney-General

250 - 300 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Litigation on behalf of the Attorney-General

30 - 60 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Matters disposed of

     

Applications processed on behalf of the Attorney-General

35 - 45 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Advice on behalf of the Attorney-General

80 - 100 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Litigation on behalf of the Attorney-General

5 - 10 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Timeliness

     

Ministerial correspondence on time

100% 95% 95%

Responses to Parliamentary questions on time

100% 95% 95%

The decrease in the number of non-financial performance measures reflects a strengthened focus on meaningful performance reporting.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Crown Law Office in the annual report.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation decreased by $900,000 to $2.024 million for 2014/15 due to a transfer to the MCA - Criminal Law Advice and Services, to manage internal cost pressures.

2.3 - Departmental Capital Expenditure and Capital Injections

Crown Law Office - Capital Expenditure PLA (M5)

Scope of Appropriation

This appropriation is limited to the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of the Crown Law Office, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989.

Capital Expenditure

  2014/15
  Estimates
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
$000
Total
$000
Forests/Agricultural - - -
Land - - -
Property, Plant and Equipment 240 215 455
Intangibles 140 85 225
Other - - -

Total Appropriation

380 300 680

What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the renewal and replacement of life-expired assets in support of the delivery of the Crown Law Office's services.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $300,000 to $680,000 for 2014/15 due to the desktop computer replacement project being delayed from 2013/14 to 2014/15.

Capital Injections and Movements in Departmental Net Assets

Crown Law Office

Details of Net Asset Schedule 2014/15
Main Estimates Projections
$000
2014/15
Supplementary Estimates Projections
$000
Explanation of Projected Movements in 2014/15
Opening Balance 5,567 4,094 Supplementary Estimates opening balance reflects the audited results as at 30 June 2014.
Capital Injections - -  
Capital Withdrawals - -  
Surplus to be Retained (Deficit Incurred) - (895) Forecast reduction in memorandum account balances for 2014/15.
Other Movements - -  

Closing Balance

5,567 3,199  

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

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

Supervision and Conduct of Crown Prosecutions and Appeals (M5)

Overarching Purpose Statement

The overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide for the discharge of the Solicitor-General's responsibilities in respect of the criminal law.

Scope of Appropriation

Departmental Output Expenses

Conduct of Criminal Appeals from Crown Prosecutions
This category is limited to conducting appeals arising from Crown prosecutions.

Criminal Law Advice and Services
This category is limited to the provision of advice on criminal law, mutual assistance and extradition matters to other government agencies and to Crown Solicitors.

Oversight and Supervision of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Solicitor Network
This category is limited to the oversight of public prosecutions and supervision of the network of Crown Solicitors who deliver prosecution services.

Provision of a National Crown Prosecution Service
This category is limited to the provision of a national Crown prosecution service that undertakes prosecutions and appeals on behalf of the Solicitor-General.

Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure

  2014/15
  Estimates
$000
Supplementary Estimates
$000
Total
$000

Total Appropriation

39,005 1,358 40,363

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Conduct of Criminal Appeals from Crown Prosecutions 3,285 - 3,285
Criminal Law Advice and Services 1,488 900 2,388
Oversight and Supervision of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Solicitor Network 840 - 840
Provision of a National Crown Prosecution Service 33,392 458 33,850

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

39,005 1,358 40,363
Conduct of Criminal Appeals from Crown Prosecutions 3,285 - 3,285
Criminal Law Advice and Services 1,488 900 2,388
Oversight and Supervision of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Solicitor Network 840 - 840
Provision of a National Crown Prosecution Service 33,392 458 33,850

Revenue from Others

- - -
Conduct of Criminal Appeals from Crown Prosecutions - - -
Criminal Law Advice and Services - - -
Oversight and Supervision of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Solicitor Network - - -
Provision of a National Crown Prosecution Service - - -

What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve safer communities, reduced impact of crime, the maintenance of strong institutions and related justice sector outcomes.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

Performance for this appropriation will be assessed against the service delivery measures for the individual categories within the appropriation.

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

  2014/15
Assessment of Performance Estimates
Standard
Supplementary Estimates
Standard
Total
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Conduct of Criminal Appeals from Crown Prosecutions

     

This category is intended to achieve safer communities, reduced impact of crime and related justice sector outcomes.

     
Success rate
     

Appeals brought by the Crown concluded in favour of the Crown

Replaces Appeals concluded in favour of the Crown 60% 60%

Appeals concluded in favour of the Crown

60% Replaced Replaced
Cases in progress
     

Crown appeals

40 - 60 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Accused appeals

750 - 800 Withdrawn Withdrawn
Cases closed
     

Crown appeals

30 - 40 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Accused appeals

650 - 750 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Criminal Law Advice and Services

     

This category is intended to achieve safer communities, reduced impact of crime and related justice sector outcomes.

     
New matters
     

Criminal cases (other types)

Replaces Other criminal cases 50 - 60 50 - 60

Other criminal cases

50 - 60 Replaced Replaced
Matters in progress
     

Criminal advice

100 - 120 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Judicial reviews

5 - 10 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Mutual assistance and extraditions

200 - 240 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Other criminal cases

100 - 120 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Requests for prosecution appeals and judicial reviews

20 - 40 Withdrawn Withdrawn
Matters disposed of
     

Criminal advice

35 - 55 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Judicial reviews

5 - 10 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Mutual assistance and extraditions

60 - 80 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Other criminal cases

65 - 85 Withdrawn Withdrawn

Requests for prosecution appeals and judicial reviews

25 - 45 Withdrawn Withdrawn
Timeliness - Ministerial Correspondence and Questions
     

Ministerial correspondence on time

100% 95% 95%

The decrease in the number of non-financial performance measures reflects a strengthened focus on meaningful performance reporting.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Crown Law Office in the annual report.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The appropriation increased by $1.358 million to $40.363 million for 2014/15. This increase relates to:

  • a transfer to this appropriation in 2014/15 only of $900,000, and
  • carrying over the 2013/14 surplus of $690,000 to 2014/15.

The increase was partly offset by:

  • returning to the Crown $232,000 Justice Sector alcohol and other drug court funding.