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MIAMs and mediation starts down by 14 and 27 per cent respectively

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAMs) volumes were 14 per cent lower than in the same quarter of 2021. Mediation starts were 27 per cent lower and outcomes also were 17 per cent lower. In all, there were 4,960 MIAM and mediation cases, costing £1.5 million in legal aid (down 14 per cent on a year ago). The level of activity is shown in the latest figures published by the Ministry of Justice.

MIAMS and family mediation starts and outcomes decreased significantly following the initial Covid-19 restrictions in March 2020. Since, volumes and expenditure had rapidly increased to levels temporarily exceeding pre-Covid figures. However, in the last quarter, MIAMs decreased and currently stand at around a third of pre-LASPO levels. Family mediation starts are now sitting at around half of pre-LASPO levels. The decrease in mediation volumes is due to comparisons against a high workload recovery in January to March 2021 following the initial impact of Covid-19.

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