The most recently available Civil Court Statistics from April to June 2014 makes interesting reading. The number of claims is decreasing; around 3% of claims go to trial; the average time between issue and trial is 54 weeks; about 10 – 12% claims are defended.
Civil (excluding family) cases
In April to June 2014, courts dealt with 370,700 new claims (13% lower
than last quarter) and 11,100 hearings or trials (6% lower than last
Historically, between 3.0% and 3.5% of all claims issued have gone to
hearing or trial.
There was an average of 54 weeks between a claim being issued and
the claim going to trial. The time between issue and the claim going to
trial rose between 2008 and 2012 and has fluctuated between 54 and 61
weeks over the last two years.
DECREASE IN CLAIMS AND PETITIONS
Claims: Between April and June 2014 a total of 370,744 claims were issued
(Table 1.1 and Figure 1.1). This is a decrease on the previous quarter which
had the highest number of claims since 2009.
In general, the number of claims has fallen since 2008. This has caused a
corresponding decrease in the number of defences, allocations, hearings
and trials and judgements over the same time-period.
Petitions: There were 6,483 insolvency petitions (excluding in the Royal
Courts of Justice). This shows a decrease on the previous quarter and
remains within the general downward trend seen since 2009. Figures for
insolvency petitions more than tripled between 2001 and 2009 (Table 1.1).
The large decrease since 2009 has been steepest among bankruptcy
petitions made by debtors, then among bankruptcy petitions made by
creditors, and least severe among petitions for company windings up.
Defences: Between April and June 2014 a total of 44,570 defences were
It is estimated that 11.3% of claims issued between April and June 2014 will
be defended in time, with a range between 10.3% and 12.6%
ALLOCATION HEARINGS AND TRIALS
Allocations: Between April and June 2014 a total of 33,903 allocations
were made …
It is estimated that 8.7% of claims issued between April and June 2014 will
be allocated in time, (with a range between 8.0% and 9.5%).
Hearings and trials: Between April and June 2014 a total of 11,122
hearings or trials were carried out.
It is estimated that 3.0% of claims issued between April and June 2014 will
go to hearing or trial in time, (with a range between 2.7% and 3.4%).
On average, small claim hearings occurred 31 weeks after the claim was
originally made and the time between issue and hearing has been around
this level since 2009. Fast and multi-track trials occurred on average 54
weeks after the claim was originally made. The time between issue and the
claim going to trial rose between 2008 and 2013 but has fallen in 2014