Written Answers. - Counsel in Insurance Cases.


asked the Minister for Justice the progress which has been made regarding the reduction of the number of senior and junior counsel in insurance cases.

Prior to the enactment of the Courts Act, 1988 it was an almost invariable practice that three counsel, i.e. two senior and one junior counsel, were briefed by each party in personal injuries actions involving insurance companies. I understand that since then, parties in personal injuries actions are represented in general by two counsel, one senior and one junior. There have been some cases where one junior counsel, only, has appeared for defendants.