Two reports have been published this week. The first heralds that the government will save £300 million pounds, £30 million more than expected, by the cuts in legal aid. The second points out that 17,268 cases involving contact with children, where both parties represented themselves, started in the family courts in 2013-14, an increase of 8,110, or 89%, on the previous year and, overall, there were 79,747 cases starting in the family courts where both parties were so-called “litigants in person” in the year 2013-14, an increase of 18,519, or 30%, from the previous year.
The knock-on effect has been to increase costs to the taxpayer because cases without lawyers can take 50% longer, the report by the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes. Direct and indirect costs caused by a 30% increase in family cases where neither party has representation will total £3.4m next year according to a report from the National Audit Office on the implementation of the civil legal aid reforms. - See more at: http://familylawhub.co.uk/default.aspx?i=ce4405#sthash.YRngCYhh.dpuf.
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