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Cafcass private law demand

 

May 2017 statistics from Cafcass

 

In May 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,707 new private law cases. This is a 17% increase on May 2016 levels (note that there were fewer working days available in April 2017 compared with April 2016 due to bank holidays).

 

April 2016 – March 2017

  • Between April 2016 and March 2017 Cafcass received a total of 40,653 new private law cases.
  • This figure shows a 9% 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.

 

Please click here to view a spreadsheet which, in addition to the monthly national stats, has a tab displaying a breakdown of application and children numbers by District Family Judge (DFJ) area for each complete quarter from 2014.

 

 May 17 Private law cases

 

Private law cases received

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18 

Apr

         4,318

         3,190

         2,859

       3,464

3,178 

May

         5,017

         2,141

         2,792

       3,172

3,707 

Jun

         4,212

         2,596

         3,372

        3,498

 

Jul

         4,569

         2,892

         3,466

 3,381

 

Aug

         3,998

         2,502

         2,868

 3,453

 

Sep

         3,799

         2,819

         3,011

       3,498

 

Oct

         3,945

         3,367

       3,226

 3,390

 

Nov

         3,497

         3,095

         3,357

       3,507

 

Dec

         2,861

         2,663

         2,917

           2,851

 

Jan

         3,342

         2,753

       2,876

           3,253

 

Feb

         3,462

         2,929

         3,300

           3,353

 

Mar

         3,616

         3,172

         3,371

           3,833

 

Total

46,636

34,119

37,415

40,653 

6,885 

 

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Please click here to view a spreadsheet which, in addition to the monthly national stats, has a tab displaying a breakdown of application and children numbers by District Family Judge (DFJ) area for each complete quarter from 2014.

 

What is a private law case?

Private law 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.

Private law statistics to date 

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) and in public law the unit of measurement is a s31 care application. 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.

 

Cafcass’ care and private law demand statistics are published on the eighth working day of each month.

 

 


Media enquiries about the private law statistics should be directed to Colette Jacobs on [email protected] or 07768796484.

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