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Mediation starts in the last quarter up by a third

Legal aid statistics published for April to June 2015

The Ministry of Justice has published legal aid statistics for April to June 2015.

The number of mediation assessments fell sharply after the introduction of LASPO in April 2013, but over the last year the number of mediation assessments has stabilised at around half of pre-LASPO levels, despite quarterly fluctuations.

While the number of mediation starts fell by a similar proportion to assessments following LASPO, starts have recovered more strongly than assessments over the last year and were up by 33% in the latest quarter compared to the same period in the previous year. The MoJ says that this may suggest that a larger proportion of assessments are leading to starts now than before LASPO.

Over the last year 64% of all mediation outcomes involved successful agreements. Of these successful agreements, the children category had the highest proportion of its agreements being successful (67%).

The civil representation workload for family public law has increased, being 11% higher in April to June 2015 than in the same period of the previous year, while in domestic violence civil representation workload has fallen by 8% over this period.  Legal help matters completed in family public law increased by 11% over this period and are now higher than before the LASPO Act was introduced.

The report is here.