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AIR expresses “serious concerns” over Judicial Council guidelines

The Alliance for Insurance Reform has expressed serious concerns at reports that the Judicial Council is tending towards the adoption of guidelines that would reflect those in the Green Book, Northern Ireland’s personal injuries guidelines.

 

 

 

"Using the Green Book as a reference point would be the status quo masquerading as reform." - Peter Boland.

“Using the Green Book as a reference point would be the status quo masquerading as reform.” – Peter Boland.

 

“Such a development would be unlikely to lead to meaningful reductions in the cost of personal injury claims and hence insurance, unless it came hand-in-hand with wholesale reform of the Irish legal system,” said AIR Director Peter Boland, “Otherwise, using the Green Book as a reference point would be the status quo masquerading as reform.

“We understand that the adoption and publication of new Judicial Personal Injury Guidelines have been postponed until the 20th February and we welcome any opportunity for serious reflection on the guidelines but we call on the Judicial Council in their deliberations to have regard to the common good in reducing general damages for fully-recovered minor injuries by at least 80% to reflect international norms and norms already established by the Court of Appeal.”

The Alliance represents charities, voluntary and community groups, sports and cultural organisations as well as SMEs severely affected by insurance costs.

 

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