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Both parties unrepresented in 28% of all private family law cases

Family Court statistics published by MoJ

The number of private law disposals where both parties were represented fell by 40% in July to September 2014 compared to the same quarter the previous year. This continues the upward trend since the second quarter of 2013 (when LASPO came into effect). Such cases now amount to 28% of all private law cases.

The Ministry of Justice has published statistics on activity in the family court of England and Wales in the third quarter of 2014 (July to September). The statistics are here.

The number of cases that started in family courts in England and Wales in July to September 2014 dropped 7% to 61,700 compared to the equivalent quarter of 2013. In particular, there were almost a quarter fewer private law cases starting (10.669), continuing a downward trend since the second quarter of 2013.

The average time for the disposal of a care or supervision application continued to drop to just over 29 weeks (down from just over 36 weeks in July to September 2013 and down from just over 48 weeks in July to September 2012). This is due to the Children and Families Act 2014, which introduced a 26 week time limit for completing these cases.

Nearly 60% of care or supervision proceedings were disposed of within 26 weeks.

The upward trend in the number of non-molestation applications continues – up from a low of 3,729 at the end of 2011 to 5,107 in July to September 2014.
During July to September 2014, there were 1,766 adoption orders issued, continuing the increasing trend and the highest number since the beginning of 2011.

The MoJ's statistical release is here.

The Legal Aid Statistics released for the same period show that there were 1,896 mediation starts, compared with 2,092 for the corresponding period in 2013.

19/12/14