Private law data

Private law demand is generally used to refer to applications made following a divorce or separation about the arrangements for children, such as where a child will live or with whom a child will spend time.

Note: Cafcass private law demand statistics are published on the eighth working day of each month. Figures are provided from our national databases, the current electronic case management system (ECMS) and historical case management system (CMS). In private law the unit of measurement is a case (note a case can involve multiple children and multiple application types). These are counted upon receipt of the application from the court and entry into the database. The ECMS is a live system and any late entries will be accounted for upon the release of subsequent updates to this data.

Media enquiries about private law statistics should be directed to the Communications Team via [email protected] or 07768796484.

 

  • Monthly statistics

    The number of private law applications received per month nationally can be seen in the table below.

    Latest release: In November 2018, Cafcass received a total of 4,111 new private law cases. This is 9.7% higher than November 2017.

    You can download November 2018 private law demand statistics, which contains the latest official statistics for private law demand.

     

    Private law cases received

    2014-15

    2015-16

    2016-17

    2017-18

    2018-19

    Apr

             3,190

             2,859

           3,463

    3,136

    3,473

    May

             2,141

             2,792

           3,170

    3,635

    3,656

    Jun

             2,596

             3,372

            3,486

    3,820

    *3,398

    Jul

             2,892

             3,466

     3,376

    3,617

    3,702

    Aug

             2,502

             2,868

     3,449

    3,635

    3,966

    Sep

             2,819

             3,011

           3,493

    3,552

    3,459

    Oct

             3,367

           3,226

     3,381

    3,823

    **4,034

    Nov

             3,095

             3,357

           3,492

    3,747

    4,111

    Dec

             2,663

             2,917

             2,842

    2,746
    Jan

             2,753

           2,876

           3,240

    3,508
    Feb

             2,929

             3,300

             3,333

    3,099
    Mar

             3,172

             3,371

    3,811

    3,526
    Total

    34,119

    37,415

    40,536

    41,844

    29,799

    *Please note that a significant IT transition in June 2018 may have affected monthly totals for June.

    **Please note that technical issues affecting court processes may have affected October’s monthly total.

  • Annual summaries

    April 2017 – March 2018

    • Between April 2017 and March 2018 Cafcass received a total of 41,844 new private law cases.
    • This figure shows a 3.3% increase compared with the previous financial year.

     

    April 2016 – March 2017

    • Between April 2016 and March 2017 Cafcass received a total of 40,536 new private law cases.
    • This figure shows an 8% increase compared with the previous financial year.

     

    April 2015 – March 2016

    • Between April 2015 and March 2016 Cafcass received a total of 37,415 new private law cases.
    • This figure shows a 10% increase compared with the previous financial year.

     

    April 2014 – March 2015

    • Between April 2014 and March 2015 Cafcass received a total of 34,119 new private law cases.
    • This figure shows a 27% decrease compared with the previous financial year.

     

    All individual months, bar April 2014, saw the lowest number of new cases ever recorded by Cafcass for those months. May 2014 was the lowest number of new cases ever recorded for Cafcass.

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