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.

If you have any queries about the private law statistics, please contact us via our website form.

 

  • Monthly statistics

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

    Latest release: We received 3,803 new cases during September 2019 which is 10.9% (374 cases) higher than September 2018.

    You can download September 2019 Private Law demand, which contains the latest official statistics for private law demand.

     

    Private law cases received

    2014-15

    2015-16

    2016-17

    2017-18

    2018-19

    2019-20

    Apr

             3,190

             2,859

           3,463

    3,130

    3,459

    3,633

    May

             2,141

             2,792

           3,170

    3,628

    3,632

    3,877

    Jun

             2,596

             3,372

            3,486

    3,812

    *3,389

    3,644

    Jul

             2,892

             3,466

     3,376

    3,616

    3,684

    4,289

    Aug

             2,502

             2,868

     3,449

    3,637

    3,948

    3,786

    Sep

             2,819

             3,011

           3,493

    3,548

    3,429

    3,803

    Oct

             3,367

           3,226

     3,381

    3,815

    3,983

    Nov

             3,095

             3,357

           3,492

    3,741

    4,017

    Dec

             2,663

             2,917

             2,842

    2,737 3,052
    Jan

             2,753

           2,876

           3,240

    3,505 3,565
    Feb

             2,929

             3,300

             3,333

    3,087 3,645
    Mar

             3,172

             3,371

    3,811

    3,526 4,072
    Total

    34,119

    37,415

    40,536

    41,782

    43,875

    23,032

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

  • Annual summaries

    April 2018 – March 2019

    • Between April 2018 and March 2019 Cafcass received a total of 43,875 new private law cases.
    • This figure shows a 5% increase compared with the previous financial year.

     

    April 2017 – March 2018

    • Between April 2017 and March 2018 Cafcass received a total of 41,782 new private law cases.
    • This figure shows a 3.1% 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 8.3% 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.

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