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Mediation starts at their lowest since LASPO introduction

Quarterly legal aid statistics published

Mediation starts between October and December 2017 were down by 15 per cent on the same period in 2016 and currently stand at around 1,500, the lowest quarterly number of starts since the implementation of the LASPO Act.Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) during the period were down by 12 per cent compared to the previous year and currently stand at around a third of pre-LASPO levels.

The figures were revealed by the Ministry of Justice in the latest quarterly statistics for legal aid expenditure.

Legal aid expenditure on Family Law issues between October and December 2017 amounted to £139 million, up 11 per cent on the same period in 2016. There 31,000 closed cases (up 4 per cent on the previous year).

Between October and December 2017 there were 22,000 Family Public Law legally aided cases (up 11 per cent on the previous year) for which expenditure was £115m (up 13 per cent). There were 9,000 Family Private Law legally aided cases (down 8 per cent) for which expenditure was £24m (about the same as the previous year). There were 4,000 Mediation and MIAMS cases 4,000 (down 13 per cent) for which expenditure was £1m (down 12 per cent).

In October to December 2017, applications for civil representation in private family law supported by evidence of domestic abuse increased by 3 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year. The number granted also increased (up 4 per cent) compared to the same period of 2016. The proportion of applications granted remained steady at around 70 per cent from the inception of this type of application until the end of 2015, before increasing to around 80 per cent. In the latest quarter it was 78 per cent.

For the full legal aid statistics for the period, click here.

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