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Cafcass private law demand

March 2017 statistics from Cafcass

 

In March 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,907 new private law cases. This is a 16% increase on March 2016 levels.

 

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 from the 34,119 cases received in 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.

April 2013 – March 2014

  • Between April 2013 and March 2014 Cafcass received a total of 46,636 new private law cases.
  • This figure shows a 2% increase compared with the previous financial year.
  • New cases received during the first six months were 15% higher than the same period in the previous year and demand in April, May, June, July, August and September, was the highest ever recorded by Cafcass in those individual months. The rise in demand then slowed down during the latter part of the year, with demand for all months from October 2013 onwards lower than the same months in the previous financial year.

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.

 Mar 17 private law demand

 

 

Private law cases received

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Apr

         3,400

         4,318

         3,190

         2,859

       3,470

May

         3,983

         5,017

         2,141

         2,792

       3,187

Jun

         3,308

         4,212

         2,596

         3,372

        3,507

Jul

         4,150

         4,569

         2,892

         3,466

 3,385

Aug

         3,968

         3,998

         2,502

         2,868

 3,455

Sep

         3,632

         3,799

         2,819

         3,011

       3,498

Oct

         4,335

         3,945

         3,367

       3,226

 3,399

Nov

         4,120

         3,497

         3,095

         3,357

       3,517

Dec

         2,290

         2,861

         2,663

         2,917

           2,854

Jan

         3,843

         3,342

         2,753

       2,876

           3,267

Feb

         3,929

         3,462

         2,929

         3,300

           3,378

Mar

         3,947

         3,616

         3,172

         3,371

           3,907

Total

45,605

46,636

34,119

37,415

40,824 

 

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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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