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Family courts under increasing pressure

The family justice system is being put under increasing pressure as the number of care cases reach record levels, reports the Law Society Gazette.


Recent statistics from HM Courts and Tribunals Service have revealed a sharp increase in the number of care and supervision cases over the past two years. Care applications to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have risen by 4% this year, on top of a 36% increase the previous year.


Speaking to the Gazette, Cafcass chief executive Anthony Douglas said:


“Record numbers of care applications show that thresholds for intervention have shifted and that local authorities are ensuring that more vulnerable children are getting the protection they need from a spectrum of poor and sometimes catastrophic parenting.


‘However, the pressure is intense and affecting all parts of the family justice system, including the courts.”