Research and analysis

Civil court users survey: feasibility study

Findings from a feasibility study exploring options for a survey of civil court users.


Civil court users: feasibility study

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In 2013, the Ministry of Justice commissioned a research consortium to undertake a study to explore the feasibility of conducting a representative and robust survey of civil court users. A civil court user can be involved in a case as a claimant (the person or organisation who started the claim) or as a defendant (the person or organisation who the claim is made against).

The study comprised 2 phases. Phase 1 looked at the suitability of using the HM Courts and Tribunals Service case management system data as a sampling frame; Phase 2 piloted telephone and postal survey approaches to test whether they could deliver robust and reliable data. This report summarises the findings from the feasibility study.

Published 30 July 2015