Written Answers. - Court Procedures.

John Bruton

Question:

372 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he proposes to establish a book of quantum setting out guideline compensation amounts for injuries in order to reduce costs and ensure consistency across courts and between judges. [10777/03]

I have requested the Committee on Court Practice and Procedure, which is chaired by Mrs. Justice Susan Denham, judge of the Supreme Court, to examine all aspects of practice and procedure relating to personal injuries litigation. I understand that the committee will consider whether, inter alia, the present system of practice and pleadings is appropriate to modern personal injuries litigation and the appropriateness of establishing a book of quantum setting out guideline compensation amounts for injuries.

I will consider the matter further when I receive the committee's report.