The ACT Legal Aid Commission says it is legally prevented from revealing the full amount of public money that has been spent defending Mr Hillier in his trials and appeals since 2002, but legal sources close to the case believe the total bill to exceed $1 million.
The massive bill for this year’s retrial blew the budget of the cash-strapped Legal Aid Commission and forced the service to seek an emergency bail-out from the ACT Government.
The Legislative Assembly voted last month for $319,000 from the Treasurer’s advance fund to be given to Legal Aid to cover the cost of Mr Hillier’s defence.
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If only we could fund the prosecutor as lavishly.