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Government's ambition of encouragement mediation fundamentally undermined by decision to cut funding for early legal advice

27th October 2023

The Law Gazette

Backlogs and delays in the family courts, which are affecting tens of thousands of children, will continue until legal funding is restored for early legal advice, the Law Society warned today.

Analysis reveals the government’s ambition of encouraging mediation has been fundamentally undermined by its own decision to cut funding for early legal advice for family matters.

The latest legal aid statistics, for the quarter to 30 June 2023 show mediation has collapsed over the past decade, with 19,000 fewer assessments (down 62%), 6,000 fewer case starts (down 46%) and 4,700 fewer successful agreements (down 53%).

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