ENGLAND – Continued increase in private law demand

June 2013 statistics from Cafcass

 

 

In June 2013, Cafcass received a total of 4,267 new private law cases, a 29% increase on June 2012 levels.

 

From April 2013 onwards:

  • Between April and June 2013 Cafcass received a total of 13,633 new private law cases.
  • This figure shows an increase of 27% from the 10,701 cases received in the same period last year.
  • Cafcass received 5,038 applications in May 2013, representing the highest ever for an individual month on record.

 

April 2012-March 2013:

  • During 2012-13, Cafcass received 45,706 new private law cases.
  • This figure shows a 9% increase on the 41,812 cases received in 2011-12.

 

April 2011-March 2012:

  • During 2011-12 Cafcass received 41,812 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.  

 

 

 

Private law cases received

 

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Apr

3,386

3,725

2,772

3,401

4,328

May

3,378

3,362

2,865

3,986

5,038

Jun

4,139

3,923

3,454

3,314

4,267

Jul

4,174

4,030

3,376

4,160

 

Aug

3,514

3,817

3,582

3,974

 

Sep

3,813

3,733

3,719

3,642

 

Oct

3,896

3,587

3,495

4,346

 

Nov

3,906

3,680

3,977

4,124

 

Dec

2,987

2,677

3,144

3,004

 

Jan

3,394

3,455

3,666

3,860

 

Feb

3,753

3,578

3,808

3,944

 

Mar

4,102

4,070

3,954

3,951

 

Total

44,442

43,637

41,812

45,706

13,633

 

 

 

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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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