Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (398)

Michael McGrath

Question:

398. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Courts Service will establish and maintain a register of personal injury actions; the reason this has not been done; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31432/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, recommendation 27 of the Report on the Cost of Motor Insurance prepared by the Cost of Insurance Working Group is to review section 30 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 which provides that the Courts Service will establish and maintain a register of personal injuries actions. 

My Department submitted a report to the Cost of Insurance Working Group in February 2019 following its review of section 30 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004. The main conclusion within the report is that the Courts Service believes that it is not in a position to proceed with the setting up of a register at this time for a number of reasons, including data protection concerns, technical/resources considerations, and the lack of perceived benefits from developing a register only including Court actions.

I understand that the Cost of Insurance Working Group now regard this action as completed but not as envisaged.

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the Department of Finance produces regular quarterly updates on the progress of the main Report of the Working Group on the Cost of Insurance by reference to the specific recommendations made, including those which fall to my Department. The most recent of these, publicly available on the website of the Department of Finance, is the 8th Quarterly Progress Update which was published on 4 March 2019, which can be accessed on https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/2621f0-m/.