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MIAMs increased by 43 per cent in April to June 2021

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) increased by 43 per cent in the quarter April to June 2021, compared to the previous year, and currently stand at over a third of pre-LASPO levels. Family mediation starts increased by 55 per cent and total outcomes increased by 60 per cent, of which 62 per cent were successful agreements, and are now sitting at around two-thirds of pre-LASPO levels.

The figures are included in the latest legal aid statistics released by the Ministry of Justice.

MIAMS, family mediation starts, and outcomes decreased significantly following the COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020. Since, volumes and expenditure have recovered fully and now exceed levels seen pre-Covid. In the last quarter, MIAMS increased by 16 per cent compared to April to June 2019. Family mediation starts increased by 7 per cent and outcomes by 27 per cent over the same period.

For the full statistics, click here.