Quarterly family court statistics New statistics 09 April 2021 The Ministry of Justice has published the latest quarterly statistics for the family court in England and Wales, covering October-December 2020. The impact of Covid-19 continues to show throughout these statistics, which show a 6% decrease in the number of cases disposed of, compared with the same period in 2019, while the number of cases started remained similar. This decrease mostly related to a decrease in disposals for matrimonial and adoption cases. The number of domestic violence remedy cases again reached record levels during this quarter. A total of 68,634 new cases started in the family courts in October-December 2020, a 6% increase compared to the same quarter in 2019. The statistics show that during this period: Domestic violence remedy order applications increased by 19% on the equivalent quarter in 2019, and the number of orders made also increased, by 20%. Throughout 2020, 35,984 applications and 39,427 orders were made – an increase of 20% and 17% respectively from 2019 84% of domestic violence order applications were for non-molestation orders, and 16% were for occupation orders – increasing 23% and 3% respectively on October-December 2019. Of orders made, 94% were non-molestation orders, and 6% were occupation orders Private law case starts increased by 3% from October-December 2019, to 13,973. Private law case disposals were up 4%, while there were 10% fewer court disposal events 4,437 public law cases were started, 3% fewer than October-December 2019. Cases disposed also decreased by 1% 27% of care and supervision cases reached first disposal within the 26-week limit, down 13% from the same period in 2019 The average time for a care or supervision case to reach first disposal was 41 weeks – 8 weeks longer than in October-December 2019 and the longest time since mid-2013 Adoption applications decreased 4% on October-December 2019, and the number of orders issued decreased by 8% The proportion of private law cases disposed of where both parties had legal representation increased by 1% on October-December 2019, to 21%. Neither the applicant nor the respondent had legal representation in 38% of cases, a 1% decrease on the same period in 2019 Previous Article MA appoints Tom Franklin as new chief executive Next Article Reflections on Stephen Lawrence Day Print Tags: family court family court statistics Please login or register to post comments.