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MIAMs in April to June 2017 down 11% on a year ago

1,600 mediation starts was the lowest number since LASPO Act was introduced

The number of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) between April and June 2017 was down by 11% compared to the previous year and currently stands at around a third of pre-LASPO levels. There were 1,600 mediation starts between April and June 2017 (down 24% on a year ago), which is the lowest number since the LASPO Act was introduced.

In April to June 2017 family legal help starts decreased by 13% compared to the same quarter last year. There were also decreases in completed claims (16%) and expenditure (18%). There was a steep decline immediately following the implementation of LASPO Act in April 2013, with a more gradual decline over the last 2 to 3 years.

Certificates granted for family work increased by 10% in April to June 2017 compared to the previous year. There was a larger increase in certificates completed (15%) and a similar increase in expenditure (10%). This increase was largely due to public family law, which makes up around three quarters of family workload and over 80% of family expenditure. The 18,113 certificates completed in public family law in April to June 2017 was the highest quarterly figure in recent years.

In the same period, applications for civil representation in private family law supported by evidence of domestic abuse were down 17% compared to the same period of the previous year, although that was the highest quarterly total since this type of application was introduced in, in 2013. The number granted was up 6% compared to the same period of 2016. The proportion of applications granted remained steady at around 70% from the inception of this type of application until the end of 2015, but has increased to around 80% since. In the latest quarter it was 78%.

Last week, the Bach Commission recommended a restoration of legal aid to several areas of family law.

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28/9/17 (supplemented 29/9/17)