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Mediation starts fall to half pre-LASPO levels

Legal Aid statistics for July to September 2018 published

Mediation starts between July and September 2018 decreased by 3%, compared with the same quarter last year, and are now running at just under half of pre-LASPO levels. Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting volumes were 5% lower than in the same quarter of 2017. The numbers were disclosed in the Ministry of Justice's latest legal aid statistics. Legal aid expenditure on MIAMS and mediation was £1 million, down 5% on a year ago.

Total family law legal aid expenditure during the period was £138 million, down 2% on a year ago. Public law work accounted for £116 million and private law work £22 million.

Applications for civil representation supported by evidence of domestic violence or child abuse increased by 12%, compared with a year ago. The volume of applications granted increased by 13% compared to the same period of 2017.

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