News Essentials: 4th April 2016

A brief summary of the essential family law news from the last week:

Number of MIAMs continue to fall
The latest legal aid statistics published today (31 March 2016) show that the number of MIAMs are continuing to fall. Full story: Family Law.

Average time for the disposal of care applications is 28 weeks
The Ministry of Justice has published quarterly statistics for the family courts of England and Wales covering the period of October to December 2015. Full story: Family Law Week.

Rise in special guardianship orders made by courts
The number of children placed with special guardians each year has passed the 5,000 mark for the first time. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

Resolution and LAPG criticise decision to make CCMS compulsory
The Legal Aid Agency has today today announced that all new civil Legal Aid applications must be made using the Client and Cost Management System from 1 April. Full story: Resolution.

Court of Protection plans to shift more costs onto deputies
The Court of Protection is considering giving judges more power to make family members cover the legal costs in disputes over an incapacitated person’s property, affairs or care. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

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