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Dozens more court staff following Budget

29 May 2017

The Budget’s boost to the Ministry of Justice will mean that 100 extra court staff will be taken on next year.

Last week’s Budget included a $238.2 million investment over four years for the ministry, and $2 billion for all law and order agencies.

Chief Executive Andrew Bridgman says the Ministry will receive $145.8 million over four years to provide core justice and court services.

“As part of that, District Court personnel and operating expenses have been allocated $47.6 million over four years,” he says. “This will fund an extra 100 court staff next year rising to a total of 130 by 2020/21.”

“The additional funding is largely in recognition of the recent increase, and projected increase, in demand from Category 3 court cases, which are more complex for us to deal with.” 

The Office of Treaty Settlements received $12.2 million over two years to resource its work to broaden the geographic and population reach of Treaty settlement negotiations. It also received $2.8 million for the 2017/18 year to enable the Crown to participate in the resolution of disputes concerning the relativity mechanism contained in the Waikato-Tainui and Ngai Tahu Historical Treaty Settlements.

Last updated on the 29th May 2017