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MIAMs between April and June 2020 down 20 per cent on a year ago

Mediation outcomes decreased by 21 per cent

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) decreased by 20 per cent between April and June 2020 compared to the previous year and currently stand at around a third of pre-LASPO levels. Mediation starts decreased by 31 per cent and outcomes decreased by 21 per cent, and are now sitting at around a third of pre-LASPO levels.

The figures are revealed in legal aid statistics for England and Wales published by the Ministry of Justice. Workload and expenditure fell during the quarter, due to Covid-19, across almost all legal aid schemes.

Provisional figures for July 2020 show that there was a 21 per cent decrease in family mediation starts in July 2020 (360) compared to the monthly average between April and June 2020 (450 per month). Over the same period, assessments decreased by 22 per cent and outcomes by 32 per cent.

For the full statistics, click here.

24/9/20