Thursday, March 22, 2012

Value for money?

In the wake of the Urewera 4 verdict, attention is turning to how much the case has cost. The latest estimate? Over $6 million:

Legal aid costs for the Urewera trial are nearing $3 million, with final invoices still to be filed.

When Crown costs are added, the taxpayer will have paid out well over $6m on an unresolved case the New Zealand Law Society describes as the costliest criminal trial in this country's history.


Not included are police costs for extended surveillance and raids across the country in October 2007.

And those costs will be several million more.

$6 million for a handful of convictions on firearms charges? Doesn't seem like value for money to me.