The numbers of applications for DoLs and LPAs have continued to rise sharply according to the latest court statistics from the Ministry of Justice.
Between April and June 2017, 919 applications relating to deprivation of liberty were made, that's an increase of 24% on the same period in 2016. The number of orders made almost doubled, from 375 to 689 respectively. (see also the graph below)
The figures also show that applications for LPAs continued their upward trend with 194,012 applications received, up 30%. Applications for Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) though declined, with 2,953 applications received, down 9%.
MCA applications remained steady with 7,623 applications (compared with 7,616 applications in 2016) but the authors note that the number of orders made increased by over 50% (10,205) driven, they say, by "a clearance of outstanding cases and an increase in the number of cases being dealt with by regional courts."
Further detail is in the Family Court statistics report available on the MoJ website.
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