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Latest Family Court statistics show increase in new cases started in 2018

Figures for October to December 2018 released.

  • The latest Family Court Statistics Bulletin, covering October to December 2018, reports an increase in new cases for 2018 due to an increase in divorce cases.


    The Bulletin shows:

    • Increase in new cases started in 2018 compared to 2017: 262,399 new cases started in family courts during 2018, up 3% compared to 2017, primarily as a result of an increase in divorce cases. 64,331 of these cases started between October and December, up 6% on October to December 2017.

    • Increase in number of Private law case starts and applications: The number of Private law cases started increased by 2% in 2018 compared to 2017, and the number of applications also increased by 2%. For the latest quarter the increase in cases started and applications was 8% and 9% respectively compared to the same quarter in 2017.

    • Increase in the number of divorce petitions with a fall in Decree Absolutes: There were 118,141 divorce petitions made during 2018, up 8% on 2017 - more in line with the number of petitions seen annually prior to the low number in 2017. There were 91,961 Decree Absolutes granted in 2018, down 11% compared to 2017 (reflecting the low number of petitions in 2017).

    • Increase in the number of domestic violence remedy applications and orders made: In 2018, there were 25,135 domestic violence remedy order applications, up 1% on 2017, the highest figure since the peak in 2009. The number of orders made also increased, by 4% over the same period. In October to December 2018, the increase in applications and orders were 6% and 5% respectively compared to the same period in 2017.


    The full Bulletin can be accessed on the website.

News, published: 29/03/2019


Published: 29/03/2019


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