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Parents shun mediation for the courts - Part 2

Date:18 MAR 2014

Marc Lopatin - Lawyer Supported MediationIn Part 1 of this article I revealed Ministry of Justice (MoJ) data showing a material increase in the number of litigants in person presenting at family courts since changes to public funding in April 2013.

The MoJ data secured using the Freedom of Information Act showed that between April and September 2013 almost half (45%) of all parties involved with private family law child proceedings were unrepresented.

In volume terms the number of unrepresented parties attending court for the 6 month period already accounted for two thirds (65%) of the previous year's total. In 2012/2013 the number of unrepresented parties attending private family law child proceedings stood at 33 294. Within 6 months of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) coming into effect the figure stood at 21 574.

In this - my second article...

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