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Civil Justice Statistics Quarterly, England and Wales, January to March 2017 (provisional) and Royal Courts of Justice 2016
Main points In January to March 2017, increases can be seen across all stages of county court activity (claims, defences, allocations, trial and judgments). Although driven by the increases in specified money claims, increases have also been seen in other types of claim.
County court claims up 18%, driven by specified money claims
Unspecified money and non-money claims up 9% and 5% respectively
Increase in claims allocated to track due to small money claims Claims gone to trial up 20% and driven by small claims Judgments increased by a third, compared to same quarter in 2016
The Home Office had the largest number of Judicial Reviews lodged against them in 2016
In January to March 2017, the highest quarterly number of County Court claims were lodged since 2009, at 508,700.
Of these, 392,800 were specified money claims (up 22% on January to March 2016).
The unspecified money claims increased to 37,700 in January to March 2017 (up 3,200) and was driven by a 10% increase in Personal Injury claims.
Overall claims allocated to track increased by 5% to 41,000.
Small claim allocations increased by 18%, while fast and multi-track dropped by 4% and 9% respectively, from January to March 2016.
There were 15,800 claims that had gone to trial, the highest quarterly figures since January to March 2010.
There were 336,900 judgements made in January to March 2017, of which 87% were default judgements (with 292,200 in January to March 2017, up 35%).
The Home Office had 1,832 Judicial Reviews against them in 2016, up 18% on 2015. MoJ had the second largest with 1,152 JRs in 2016 (a 32% decrease on 2015).