ENGLAND – Record-breaking month for private law applications

Immediate release – 10th June 2013 

 

Record-breaking month for private law applications

May 2013 statistics from Cafcass

 

 

In May 2013, Cafcass received a total of 5,061 new private law cases, representing the highest ever month on record. This is a 5% increase on February 2012 levels.

 

From April 2013 onwards:

  • Between April and May 2013 Cafcass received a total of 9,398 new private law cases.
  • This figure shows an increase of 27% from the 7,388 cases received in the same period last year.

 

April 2012-March 2013:

  • During 2012-13, Cafcass received 45,752 new private law cases.
  • This figure shows a 9% increase on the 41,813 cases received in 2011-12.
  • October 2012 was the highest individual month ever recorded, with 4,369 cases.

 

April 2011-March 2012:

  • During 2011-12 Cafcass received 41,813 private law cases, a decrease of 4% when compared to the 43,637 received in 2010-11.
  • In the first quarter demand fell sharply, in part due to the implementation of Practice Direction 3A of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, the aim of which is to resolve less complex cases away from the courts, through Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs).
  • In the second half of 2011-12 new case demand had returned to and exceeded previous levels, with case demand in November, December, January, and February being the highest ever recorded by Cafcass for those individual months at that time.  
  • Cafcass will continue to monitor rates of application and any trends following the changes to Legal Aid, introduced on 1st April 2013.

 

May 2013 private law graph

 

Private law cases received

 

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Apr

3,386

3,725

2,771

3,399

4,337

May

3,378

3,362

2,866

3,989

5,061

Jun

4,139

3,923

3,454

3,317

 

Jul

4,174

4,030

3,375

4,162

 

Aug

3,514

3,817

3,583

3,973

 

Sep

3,813

3,733

3,720

3,646

 

Oct

3,896

3,587

3,496

4,352

 

Nov

3,906

3,680

3,977

4,133

 

Dec

2,987

2,677

3,140

3,000

 

Jan

3,394

3,455

3,666

3,868

 

Feb

3,753

3,578

3,810

3,948

 

Mar

4,102

4,070

3,955

3,965

 

Total

44,442

43,637

41,813

45,752

9,398

 

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Notes for Editors:                                                                                                  

                                                                                                           

  • Cafcass’ role is to work with children and families in the family courts. To find out more about our work in private law, click here. Additional information is available in our leaflets, which can be seen here.
  • Figures in the above table and graph are provided from the Cafcass national case management system (CMS).  The unit of measurement is a private law case, upon its receipt by Cafcass from the Court and its entry into CMS.  Each case can involve multiple applications and multiple children.  CMS is a live system and any late entries or amendments will be accounted for at the time of release of subsequent updates to this data.  Updates to this information will be published on a monthly basis, in the second week of each month.
  • Pre-release of these statistics has been made available to the Children’s Minister in accordance with The Pre-Release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.
  • The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) represents children in family court cases, making sure that their voices are heard and that the decisions that are made about them are in their best interests.
  • Cafcass supports or works with over 145,000 children in public and private law cases every year. 
  • Cafcass operates 17 service areas across England, with nearly 2,000 employees working throughout 56 offices.
  • Cafcass is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Education

 

SOURCE: Cafcass

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