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Family Court statistics from October – December 2021 published

This week the latest quarterly family court statistics were published by the Ministry of Justice covering the period of October to December 2021.

Some statistics of note included the following:

• The average time for a care or supervision case to reach first disposal was 47 weeks in October to December 2021, up 5 weeks compared to the same quarter in 2020. 23% of cases were disposed of within 26 weeks - down 4 percentage points compared to the same period in 2020.

• The mean average time from petition to decree nisi was 25 weeks, and decree absolute was 53 weeks - down 5 weeks and 2 weeks respectively when compared to the equivalent quarter in 2020. The median time to decree nisi and decree absolute was 11 and 28 weeks respectively.

• The number of domestic violence remedy order applications decreased by 4% compared to the equivalent quarter in 2020, while the number of orders made decreased by 12% over the same period.

• There were 1,687 applications relating to deprivation of liberty in October to December 2021, up 24% on the equivalent quarter in 2020. Orders were similar to the same period last year.

For the full statistics and analysis, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers