Applications for legal aid have soared by more than a quarter, new figures reveal.
In its latest statistical bulletin, the Ministry of Justice reports a surge in demand for public funding in cases involving reports of domestic violence: the number of applications made between July and September 2016 was 26 per cent higher than for the same period last year. The percentage of applications granted now stands at around 75 per cent.
Legal Aid Statistics in England and Wales also shows that a sharp reduction in the number of MIAMs. Attendance at a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting is technically required of anyone who wishes to take a family matter to court, but in practice they are widely ignored. The new figures show a continuing decline: the total number of MIAMs held across the third quarter this year was 17 per cent lower than the same period last year.
New family law cases overall fell by around eight per cent across the quarter, when compared to 2015.
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