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MIAMs decreased by 11 per cent in July to September 2021

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) decreased by 11 per cent in the last quarter compared to the previous year and currently stand at around a third of pre-LASPO levels. Family mediation starts (covered along with outcomes in table 7.2) decreased by 2 per cent although total mediation outcomes increased by 8 per cent, of which 61 per cent were successful agreements, and are now sitting at over half of pre-LASPO levels.

The figures are included in the latest legal aid statistics released by the Ministry of Justice.

MIAMs, family mediation starts, and outcomes decreased significantly following the covid-19 restrictions in March 2020. Since, volumes and expenditure rapidly increased to levels temporarily exceeding 2019 figures. However, in the current quarter, MAIMS have dropped and are down 18 per cent compared to the same period of 2019. Mediation starts have fallen to below 5 per cent of pre pandemic levels. While, mediation outcomes continue to exceed pre-pandemic figures (up 8 per cent).

For the full statistics, click here.