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New court statistics show average length of family proceedings at every county court

Ministry of Justice says that the findings support the need for comprehensive reform

A new set of court statistics is claimed by the Ministry of Justice to support the case for a comprehensive reform programme across the justice system.

For the first time, quarterly court statistics show the average length of civil and family cases at every County Court, and the duration of criminal cases at every Crown Court and local magistrates' court group.

The figures allow people to see how quickly cases are handled at their local court, and to compare it to other courts across England and Wales. For information in respect of family proceedings, click here and choose the option 'Family Courts and mediation' listed in the panel on the right of the page.

In respect of family proceedings, the statistics show that between July and September 2011, on average: 

The Ministry of Justice says that the Family Justice Review, under the chairmanship of David Norgrove, was published will form a key evidence base for reform of the family justice system. The Government has already committed to some of the Review's recommendations including: 

The Government will publish its full response to the Family Justice Review shortly.

Courts Minister Jonathan Djanogly said:

'The figures released today show that sometimes the court process can simply be too time-consuming. That is why we have a comprehensive reform programme underway.'