No figures exist on how many enforced removals take place, so Dispatches sent an FOI to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service and to every police force to try to find out:
- The Courts and Tribunals Service said it would be “too costly to answer the question”
- Out of the 46 police forces just two said it was possible to give us figures.
- Between them they identified 24 enforced removals over five years but indicated there could be more.
Dispatches also conducted the largest ever survey of legal professionals practicing family law, asking them about their experiences of the various levels of court
We asked 297 experienced family solicitors and barristers about this type of forced removal
- They reported they had witnessed 42 orders for this type of removal over the last 3 years.
There are at least 13,000 solicitors and barristers practising family law in England and Wales.