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Court fee changes for civil court proceedings

The Government has recently announced that people taking high value cases through civil courts in England and Wales will be expected to pay much more towards their running costs. However, the fees for domestic violence injunctions will be scrapped.

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Latest care application numbers

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that it received a total 972 applications in October 2013. This makes October the second highest month for applications this year and represents a 2% increase over the number received in October 2012.

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Measures to reduce family court delays

The Government has announced the introduction of new measures aimed at reducing delays in family court proceedings.

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Charity responds to Cafcass research

The Family Rights Group has responded to new research released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), which claims that local authorities are acting more quickly to process care applications.

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New research into Independent Social Work Experts

New research from Oxford University has challenged concerns about duplication and delay through the use of independent social work (ISW) assessments in Family Court proceedings. On the contrary, the report argues that delays might be reduced by the earlier appointment of ISW experts.

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Proposed reforms to family justice system

The government's response to the recommendations of the family justice review panel includes reform proposals to help strengthen parenting, reduce the time it takes cases to progress through the courts, and simplify the family justice system.

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Justice reform – new data published

A new set of court statistics have been published that supports the case for a comprehensive reform programme across the justice system.

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Cafcass releases latest care application figures

Recent figures released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have shown that the Service received 841 care applications during October 2011.

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Family justice system under increasing pressure

Recent figures from the HM Courts and Tribunal service have revealed a sharp rise in the number of care and supervision orders being heard by the family courts, reports the Law Society Gazette. There have also been record numbers of care applications made to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).

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