The High Court of Australia is expected to operate at a loss of about $1.3 million this year, questioning by the Senate's Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs this week revealed.
Andrew Phelan, chief executive and principal registrar of the High Court, revealed in the High Court's annual report that in 2007 to 2008 the court operated at a loss of nearly $913, 000.
"The Court will face increasing deficits in future unless there are material changes to the Court's revenue base or undesirable curtailments of the Court's operations," he said in the report.
Most of the court's revenue base is funded by government. Nearly $14 million was awarded to the court in 2008.
Phelan said that an extra million dollars a year is needed and that the agency is working with the government to try and come up with some longer-term solutions for funding.
- Sarah Sharples