Legal Aid Department Annual Report 2013
2013 Legal Aid Department Annual Report
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  Appendices  
 
Appendix 1 | Appendix 2 | Appendix 3 | Appendix 4 | Appendix 5
 
Appendix 1: Revenue and Expenditure
 
Revenue
  2012-13
($M)
2013-14
($M)
1 Criminal cases 3.7 2.1
2 Civil cases
- In-house
- Assigned-out

13.7
200.9

12.3
243.4
3 Official Solicitor 3.9 3.5
4
Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme
  Legal costs
  Administration fee
 
0.5
2.2
 
1.2
3.2
  Total 224.9 265.7
   
Expenditure by Items
  2012-13
($M)
2013-14
($M)
1 Personal Emoluments 239.3 250.5
2 Personnel Related Expenses 4.0 4.9
3 Departmental Expenses 14.9 15.3
4
Legal Aid Costs (for both in-house
and assigned-out cases)
  Civil
  Criminal
 
418.8
94.0
 
463.5
107.3
  Total 771.0 841.5
 
Expenditure by Programmes
  2012-13
($M)
2013-14
($M)
1 Processing of Legal Aid Applications 92.3 96.7
2 Litigation Services 633.0
695.8
3 Support Services 33.3 34.1
4 Official Solicitor’s Office 12.4 14.9
  Total 771.0 841.5
 
Analysis of Expenditure for Civil Cases by Types of Cases
Types of Cases
2012-13 2013-14
Matrimonials
21.2% 19.1%
Misc. Personal Injuries
28.1% 29.3%
Employees’ Compensations
11.2% 10.9%
Running Downs
11.4% 10.0%
Immigration Matters
1.7% 1.2%
Land & Tenancy Disputes
3.9% 5.1%
Wages Claims
0.3% 0.2%
Miscellaneous
22.2% 24.2%
Total
100% 100%
 
Analysis of Expenditure for Criminal Cases by Types of Cases
Types of Cases
2012-13 2013-14
Hearings in District Court
56.2% 57.6%
Hearings in Court of First Instance
35.0% 32.3%
Appeals from Magistracy
2.2% 2.3%
Appeals from District Court
2.2% 2.6%
Appeals from Court of First Instance
2.4% 2.6%
Appeals in Court of Final Appeal
2.0% 2.6%
Total
100% 100%

 

Supplementary Legal Aid Fund -
Income and Expenditure Account
Note 1 Note 2
  For the year ended
30 September 2012
($)
For the year ended
30 September 2013
($)
Income
Injection from the Government of
  Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Application fees
Percentage contributions
Interest income
Recovery of legal aid costs of a case
  finalised in previous years
 
 
-
 
59,080
2,601,301
1,567,790
145,600
 
4,373,771
 
100,000,000
 
62,000
3,302,468
1,810,337
10,000
 
105,184,805
Less : Expenditure
Administration fee
Bank charges
Phone Payment Service charges
Legal costs and expenses paid for finalised cases
 
Unsuccessful applications
 
Unsuccessful litigation
  - costs to opposite parties
  - other disbursements
 
Successful litigation
  - costs to opposite parties
  - other disbursements
 
Payment to an aided person of
over-recovered legal aid costs of a case
finalised in previous years
 
 
 
Surplus/(Deficit) for the year
 
2,221,760
180
31
 
 
284,736
 
 
915,338
1,634,338
2,549,676
 
-
-
-
-
 
 
 
5,056,383
 
(682,612)
 
3,164,642
75
56
 
 
136,997
 
 
910,056
1,281,162
2,191,218
 
195,985
1,030
197,015
8,970
 
 
 
5,698,973
 
99,485,832

Notes :
1. The financial year of the Supplementary Legal Aid Fund runs from 1 October of one year to 30 September of the following year. As at 30 September 2013, the net assets of the Supplementary Legal Aid Fund were increased by $99,485,832 to $186,399,597.

2. Auditors’ Report for the statement of account for the year ended 30 September 2013 has not yet been issued as the account is being audited by the Audit Commission.

 
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