Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (623)

Tom Neville

Question:

623. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to introduce legislation to cap insurance awards for soft tissue issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35827/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can advise the Deputy that the issue of awards in personal injuries claims is being dealt with within the framework of the Judicial Council Act 2019, which was passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas before the summer recess. 

This landmark Act provides for the establishment of an independent Judicial Council.  It also provides for the establishment of a number of committees including a personal injuries guidelines committee, which will be assigned the function of compiling guidelines for appropriate general damages for various types of personal injury.

It is anticipated that the Council will be established by the end of the year.  My Department and the Courts Service are currently considering the practical arrangements, which will need to be in place before the Council is established.