More litigious? Civil cases in County Court

The Green Paper on legal aid suggests that legal aid has encouraged too much litigation but provides no evidence to support that assertion. Having blogged already on this in the context of personal injury cases generally and specifically in relation to cases being brought against schools, and today on family cases. I have also summarised the data on county court cases for the last three years the Ministry of Justice Website.

 

Average quarterly change

Overall Change

N for last quarter

Specified money claims

-2%

-24%

269881

Unspecified money claims

3%

39%

51233

All “money” claims

-2%

-18%

321114

Claims for recovery of land

-3%

-31%

54986

Claims for return of goods

-2%

-25%

1747

Other non-“money” claims

0%

-5%

26363

All non-“money” claims

-2%

-24%

83096

Total insolvency petitions

0%

-6%

15732

All proceedings started

-2%

-19%

419942

All defences

1%

7%

75367

Small claim allocations

1%

10%

20722

Fast track allocations

3%

36%

17657

Multi track allocations

0%

-6%

6314

All allocations

2%

16%

44693

All small claim hearings

-2%

-18%

10286

Average time between issue & small claim hearing (weeks)

0%

3%

31

All (fast and multi track) trials

0%

-5%

5000

Average time between issue & allocation to track in cases with trials (weeks)

0%

0%

21

Average time between allocation to track & trial (weeks)

0%

3%

33

Average time between issue & trial (weeks)

0%

0%

49

All warrants of execution

-5%

-43%

39499

All warrants of delivery

2%

9%

628

All warrants of possession

-2%

-20%

32682

All warrants of committal

2%

-1%

372

All applications for attachment of earnings orders

-1%

-22%

15339

All attachment of earnings orders made

-3%

-28%

11439

All applications for third party debt orders

-5%

-42%

930

All third party debt orders made

-1%

-16%

387

All applications for charging orders

-4%

-38%

26402

All charging orders made

-3%

-27%

23126

All applications for administration orders

-10%

-75%

165

All administration orders made

-10%

-67%

261

All orders to obtain information from judgment debtors

-1%

-15%

5908

 

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About Richard Moorhead

Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law and Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at the Faculty of Laws, University College London with an interest in teaching and research on the legal ethics, the professions, legal aid, access to justice and the courts.
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