Applications for contact made to the family court: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/01570
Date received: 1 June 2018
Date responded: 6 June 2018

Information requested

A time series of Scotland statistics from 2011 to 2016 on:

  • The number of applications for contact made to the family court

  • The number of children that were involved in those applications for contact

  • The number of applications made for residence

  • The number of children that were involved in those applications for residence.


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government is not able to provide some of the information you have requested.

In Scotland we publish residence and contact family court statistics by financial year (April to end of March the following year). Please see attached table with statistics from 2011-12 to 2015-16 which are available within our Civil Justice Statistics in Scotland bulletins:

Residence and contact cases registered in Scotland, 2011-12 to recent

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Contact 977 1,286 1,154 1,283 1,042
Residence 711 790 722 732 716
Total 1,688 2,076 1,876 2,015 1,758

(1) Source – Civil Justice in Scotland publications

We do not hold information on the number of children involved in these cases, neither do our data suppliers.

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