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Cafcass private law demand

 

October 2017 statistics from Cafcass


 

In October 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,916 new private law cases. This is a 16% increase compared with those received in October 2016 an is the highest monthly demand since October 2013.

 

April 2016 – March 2017

  • Between April 2016 and March 2017 Cafcass received a total of 40,571 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.

 

 Official Private Law Demand 2017 10 Graph

 

Private law cases received

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18 

Apr

         4,318

         3,190

         2,859

       3,462

3,142 

May

         5,017

         2,141

         2,792

       3,173

3,643 

Jun

         4,212

         2,596

         3,372

        3,488

3,831 

Jul

         4,569

         2,892

         3,466

 3,373

3,636 

Aug

         3,998

         2,502

         2,868

 3,451

3,669 

Sep

         3,799

         2,819

         3,011

       3,495

3,601 

Oct

         3,945

         3,367

       3,226

 3,384

3,916 

Nov

         3,497

         3,095

         3,357

       3,497

 

Dec

         2,861

         2,663

         2,917

         2,842

 

Jan

         3,342

         2,753

       2,876

       3,243

 

Feb

         3,462

         2,929

         3,300

         3,337

 

Mar

         3,616

         3,172

         3,371

3,826

 

Total

46,636

34,119

37,415

40,571

25,438 

 

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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 Marc Ridley on [email protected] or 07768796484.

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