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Tim Loughton (Shadow Minister, Children, Schools and Families; East Worthing and Shoreham, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications there were to family courts in the last financial year.

Bridget Prentice (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice) Hansard source

The table shows the number of applications made in the family courts in England and Wales in 2006-07, broken down by broad application type.

The table presents aggregated figures covering all jurisdictions—the High Court, County Courts and Family Proceedings Courts.

All underlying data relate to the 2006-07 financial year, except for Public and Private Law Children Act applications in the Family Proceedings Courts, for which 2006 calendar year has been used as this is the most recent 12-month period for which complete data is available.

These figures exclude cases which were reported as having been transferred between courts.

Number of applications made to the family courts in England and Wales, 2006-07


Public Law Children Act 20,709
Private Law Children Act 103,088
Adoption 5,885
Divorce and Separation 149,298
Ancillary Relief 72,191
Domestic Violence 26,308
Total 377,479

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