Senior judges reportedly argue against guidelines for reduced personal injury awards

It’s reported several senior judges have sent memos to colleagues, arguing against guidelines for reduced personal injury awards.

The changes were produced by a seven-judge committee of the Judicial Council.

The Irish Times reports a number of memos have been circulated privately by judges, including one from a judge of the Court of Appeal.

It’s hoped the guidelines would see personal injury awards fall, leading to a reduction in insurance costs.

Stuart Gilhooly, solicitor and past president of the Law Society of Ireland, says the judges are right to consider the changes.

“They all have to be comfortable that these are the right guidelines from them to do.

“Certain judges will feel they’re appropriate, others may not feel they’re appropriate – that’s human nature and not entirely surprising.

“I think it is right that they should consider it seriously before doing it.”


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