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Latest Family Court statistics show slight easing of workload

Figures for January to March 2018 released.

  • The latest Family Court Statistics Bulletin, covering January to March 2018, reports a small decline on new business compared with the same period last year.

    The Bulletin shows:

    • a decrease in number of cases starting in Family courts: 63,100 new cases started in family courts in January to March 2018, down 4% on January to March 2017, due to falls in adoption, financial remedy, Private law and matrimonial cases (down 10%, 7%, 5% and 4% respectively).
    • that Private law applications and disposals were down: The number of private law applications and disposals were down 5% and 7% respectively in January to March 2018 compared with the same period of 2017.
    • the number of divorce petitions was down but time to disposal increasing: There were 27,401 divorce petitions made during January to March 2018, down 4% on the previous year. Average time to Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute was up 3 weeks (to 27 weeks) and 2 weeks (to 51 weeks) respectively over the same period.
    • an increase in the number of domestic violence remedy applications and orders made: The number of domestic violence remedy order applications increased by 2% compared to the equivalent quarter in 2017, whilst the number of orders made increased by 7% over the same period.

    The full Bulletin can be accessed on the Gov.uk website.

News, published: 29/06/2018

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Published: 29/06/2018

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