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Family Court business levels static in 2017

Latest statistics show total number of cases started at same level as 2016

  • The number of new cases started in the family courts last year showed little change from the previous year.

    In total, 255,330 cases were started in 2017 compared with 256,105 in 2016.

    Looking in more detail though there was a rise of 5% in Private law cases starts balanced by a 4% drop in the number of divorce petitions made - 109,339 in total. Decrees absolute dropped 5% as well, to 102,883. It should also be noted that the average length of time to reach a final order in private law cases increased by a week from 22 in 2016 to 23 in 2017.

    The number of Domestic violence remedy order applications in 2017 increased by 5% compared to 2016, while the number of orders made also increased, by 8% over the same period.

    The report also charts the continuing decline of legal representation in the family court. 35% of cases lacked legal representation for either applicant or respondent, compared with 13% in 2012, while only 20% of cases saw both parties represented, down from 45% in the same period.

    The full report can be found on the Gov.uk website.

News, published: 03/04/2018

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Published: 03/04/2018

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