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Revamped court statistics highlight family mediation

  • Revamped court statistics highlight family mediation

    The Ministry of Justice has published enhanced quarterly court statistics which it claims "supports the case for a comprehensive reform programme across the justice system". The new information available includes the length of time for care proceedings (currently an average of 55 weeks) as well more detailed data on criminal and non-family civil cases. It is also now possible to find out how many family applications are handled in an individual county court right down to the number of private children application, financial remedy disposals and domestic violence applications.

    Interestingly the MoJ is also recording, by LSC region, the number of publicly funded assessment meetings and how many of those convert into mediation starts. The national average stands at 49% for this quarter.

    Announcing these revamped statistics, Courts Minister Jonathan Djanogly was keen to push the use of mediation

    "The figures released today show that sometimes the court process can simply be too time-consuming. That is why we have a comprehensive reform programme underway.

    There are two ways we can solve this problem. Firstly, by giving more people the opportunity to take charge of resolving their own disputes through mediation, rather than using lawyers and a judge. This can be quicker and less stressful for all parties, especially where children are involved.

    Secondly, by improving technology, processes and ways of working in the civil, family and criminal justice systems."

    You can download the raw data on the Ministry of Justice website.

News, published: 19/01/2012

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Published: 19/01/2012

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