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12 MAR 2014

Cafcass publishes February 2014 private law and care demand statistics

Journals Manager + Online Editor

@matthia5mueller

Cafcass have published their care demand and private law demand statistics for February 2014.

The statistics reveal that Cafcass received a total of 885 care applications in February 2014 - this figure represents a 12% decrease compared to those received in February 2013.     

From April 2013:

  • Between April 2013 and Ferbruary 2014 Cafcass received a total of 9,680 applications.
  • This figure is 5% lower when compared to the same period last year, when 10,171 applications were received.

 April 2012-March 2013:

  • During 2012-13, Cafcass received 11,108 new applications. This figure is 8% higher when compared to previous financial year.
  • The 1,006 applications received in February 2013 were the highest ever recorded for a single month.

April 2011-March 2012: During 2011-12 Cafcass received 10,255 applications, an 11% increase on the previous financial year, when Cafcass received 9,203 applications.

The numbers also show that Cafcass received a total of 3,493 new private law cases - a 12% decrease on February 2013 levels.  

From April 2013:

  • Between April and February 2014 Cafcass received a total of 42,888 new private law cases.
  • This figure shows an increase of 3% from the 41,673 cases received in the same period last year.
  • The rate of increase has slowed down in recent months. From October 2013 we have seen a year on year decrease in the number of applications.

 April 2012-March 2013:

  • During 2012-13, Cafcass received 45,619 new private law cases.
  • This figure shows a 9% increase on the 41,783 cases received in 2011-12.

April 2011-March 2012:

  • During 2011-12 Cafcass received 41,786 new private law cases, a decrease of 4% when compared to the 43,637 received in 2010-11.
  • In the first quarter demand fell sharply, in part due to the implementation of Practice Direction 3A of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, the aim of which is to resolve less complex cases away from the courts, through Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs).
  • In the second half of 2011-12 new case demand had returned to and exceeded previous levels, with case demand in November, December, January, and February being the highest ever recorded by Cafcass for those individual months at that time. 

The full reports can be accessed on the Cafcass website.

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