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Care proceedings now taking 33 weeks to first disposal

Average time from divorce petition to decree nisi increases by five weeks

The average time for a care or supervision case to reach first disposal was 33 weeks in April to June 2019, more than two weeks up from the same quarter in 2018. The figures were disclosed in the latest statistics for family courts released by the Ministry of Justice.

Forty-one per cent of care and supervision cases were disposed of within 26 weeks – down 7 percentage points compared with the same period for 2018.

In total, 64,813 new cases started in family courts in April to June 2019, down 5 per cent on April to June 2018, due to a 13 per cent fall in matrimonial cases (44 per cent of all case starts, mainly divorce proceedings), and a decrease in financial remedy (5 per cent) and Children Act - Public law (4 per cent) cases.

The mean average time from petition to Decree Nisi was 33 weeks, and Decree Absolute was 58 weeks,  up 5 and 3 weeks respectively compared to the equivalent quarter in 2018. The median time to Decree Nisi was 27 weeks and 41 weeks to Decree Absolute, each up 6 weeks compared to the same period in 2018.

There were 28,144 divorce petitions made in April to June 2019, down 13 per cent on the equivalent quarter in 2018. In April to June 2019 there were 11,129 digital petitions made (40 per cent of all petitions).

In April to June 2019, there were 13,424 Private law cases started, up 3 per cent on the same quarter in 2018. Applications also increased by 3 per cent.

The number of domestic violence remedy order applications increased by 16 per cent compared to the equivalent quarter in 2018. The number of domestic violence remedy orders made increased by 11 per cent over the same period.

In April to June 2019, there were 1,230 adoption applications, down 2 per cent on the equivalent quarter in 2018. Over the same period the number of adoption orders issued decreased by 6 per cent to 1,202.

There were 1,372 applications relating to deprivation of liberty in April to June 2019, up 18 per cent on the equivalent quarter in 2018. Deprivation of liberty orders were up 17 per cent over the same period.

For the full statistics, click here.

26/9/19