Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for Fiscal Year 2010-11

Introduction

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada (the "Office") for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government's priorities.

Mandate and Program Activities

Created by an Act of Parliament in 1875, the Supreme Court of Canada is Canada's final court of appeal. It serves Canadians by deciding legal issues of public importance, thereby contributing to the development of all branches of law applicable within Canada. The independence of the Court, the quality of its work and the esteem in which it is held both in Canada and abroad contribute significantly as foundations for a secure, strong and democratic country founded on the Rule of Law. In accordance with the Supreme Court Act, the Supreme Court of Canada consists of the Chief Justice and the eight puisne judges. The Supreme Court of Canada is an important national institution, positioned at the pinnacle of the judicial branch of government in Canada.

The Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada provides all necessary services and support for the Court to process, hear and decide cases.  It also serves as the interface between litigants and the Court.

The Office has a single strategic outcome: The administration of Canada's final court of appeal is effective and independent. The strategic outcome is further supported by two program activities: process hearings and decisions and internal services.

Further details on the Office's mandate and program activities may be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities 2010-2011.

Total Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

Total Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Office are summarized below: 

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the Year Ending March 31, 2011
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants 461
Travel – Non Public Servants 118
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff* -
Total Travel 579
Hospitality 121
Conference Fees 49
Total 749

(*) Includes international travel that is part of a department's program.