Average time for disposal of a care or supervision application is now 45 weeks
Nearly 30,000 children were involved in public law proceedings in 2012
The average time for the disposal of a care or supervision application in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 45.1 weeks. There has been a steady fall since the beginning of 2011 at which time the average was 55.5 weeks. The figures are revealed in the latest quarterly release of court statistics by the Ministry of Justice.
The average time for the disposal of such applications in the county courts and High Court at the end of 2012 was 48.5 weeks (at the beginning of 2011 it had been 60.8 weeks). At the end of 2012 the median duration in those courts for such applications was 42.7 weeks. In the family proceedings court the average duration of these applications was 40.7 weeks (at the beginning of 2011 it had been 47.8 weeks). At the end of 2012 the median duration in the family proceedings court for such applications was 37 weeks.
The number of children involved in public law proceedings in 2012 was 29,759, increased from 29,477 in 2011. The release by the Ministry of Justice provides statistics, broken down by type of application and tier of court.
The statistics can be accessed here.