Sweden’s courts now require heavily increased funding from the government in order to continue to function as planned. As asylum immigration has prompted the courts to request for new funding.
By – Brünnhilde
Last year, the costs of Sweden’s courts increased by almost SEK 300 million and eventually totalled at SEK 6.8 billion. The increase in costs is mainly due to the fact that the number of cases in the Migration Courts has quickly jumped. The increase is expected to continue escalating into 2018.
“The increase in costs has been exceptionally strong. The reason for this is the wave of migration Sweden experienced in the fall of 2015, which was previously dealt with by the Swedish Migration Board but now it has reached the courts,” says Peter Yngve, Planning and Finance Director at the Swedish Court of Justice, to Sweden’s Radio.
Three years ago, court interpreters in criminal proceedings against a person cost SEK 13.7 million. Now that figure has increased by 120 percent, to SEK 30.2 million annually.
Sweden’s courts have therefore submitted new budget requirements to the government requesting around half a billion kronor in additional payments for the period 2019-2021.
If the requirements are not approved, the courts may be forced to withdraw from several planned investments, such as expanded security, Yngve explains.
On Tuesday, figures also showed a strong cost increase for interpreters in court. Three years ago, court interpreters in criminal proceedings against a person cost SEK 13.7 million. Now that figure has increased by a whopping 120 percent, to SEK 30.2 million.
As a result, the burden of additional crimes and trials in the migration courts will no doubt increase costs. In 2015 the cost of interpreters was 97 357 000 kronor, 111 344 000 kronor in 2016 and last year in 2017 the cost was 114 093 000 kronor.
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