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MIAMS decreased by 17 per cent in the last quarter

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAMs) decreased by 17 per cent between October and December 2021 compared to the previous year and currently stand at around a third of pre-LASPO levels. Family mediation starts decreased by 20 per cent and total outcomes decreased by 13 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 quarterly 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 had rapidly increased to levels temporarily exceeding 2019 figures. However, in the latest quarter, MIAMs have dropped by 4 per cent compared to October to December 2019. Family mediation starts decreased by 11 per cent while outcomes continue to exceed pre-pandemic figures (up 2 per cent).

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