Changes to jurisdiction levels of civil courts

The changes to the monetary jurisdictions of the civil courts proposed by  Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 will take effect on 3rd February, 2014. The new limits will be: District Court: €15,000. Circuit Court in civil proceedings (other than personal injury claims): €75,000. Circuit Court for personal injury actions €60,000.  

Accidents * in Creche

Parents are obviously extremely worried about their childrens crèche facilities in light of last nights primetime programme. HSE inspection reports show a large number of childcare facilities were actually in breach of the Child care regulations in 2012. It was these reports that Primetime obtained. Worried parents should note that these HSE inspection reports can […]

Birth Injury *

Birth injury* Thankfully the majority of births happen without any problems at all however when something goes wrong it can be very traumatic. If an infant is injured during the birth process the injury is categorised as birth trauma or birth injury. Birth injuries can have devastating effects on a family with some  unfortunately being life […]

Daughter awarded €5 millon compensation from Mothers car crash *

A daughter who was injured in a car crash when her mother was driving has settled proceedings in the High Court for 5 millon euro. The girl was a passenger in the back seat and suffered a fracture to the skull and a resulting brain injury. Please see below for further information: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/daughter-wins-5m-after-mums-car-crash-29086614.html     *In […]

Defamation – Damages of €150,000 awarded to Denis O’Brien

A defamation action taken by Denis O’Brien against The Irish Daily Mail has resulted in damages of €150,000 being awarded against the paper after an article was published accusing him of being a hypocrite. See below for further details: http://www.thejournal.ie/denis-obrien-awarded-e150k-in-damages-in-defamation-case-against-newspaper-796470-Feb2013/    

Pizza Delivery man awarded €7,000 compensation for dog bite. *

The High court awarded a pizza delivery man €7,000 in compensation after he sustained an injury delivering promotional leaflets. The pizza delivery man sued the homeowners of a property in Portobello, Dublin following the incident. He explained to the court that he had been delivering promotional leaflets for Apache Pizza when a dog bit his finger. […]

Garda Compensation Scheme- €102,000 awarded *

A Garda received €102,000 from the Garda Compensation Scheme for an assault in which he was injured while trying to arrest a man. See below for further details: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/compensation-of-102000-for-garda-assaulted-while-making-an-arrest-29022814.html   *In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is […]

€45,000 – Garda Compensation Scheme *

A Guard was awarded €45,000 following an incident in which his colleague was killed after their patrol car was rammed.   See below for further details:   http://www.irishtimes.com/news/garda-awarded-45-000-after-fatal-car-crash-1.958466 *In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance […]

Debt Collection : Recent High Court Case re demand letters

Debt Collection : Recent High Court Case re demand letters GE Capital Woodchester Home Loans Ltd v. John Reade and Dympna Reade [2012] IEHC 363 (High Court, Laffoy J, 22 August 2012) The High Court dismissed the claim by the Plaintiff, GE Capital Woodchester , on the grounds that it had failed to establish that it had […]

The Commercial Court

The Commercial Court The Commercial Court is a division of the High Court and was established in 2004 to provide efficient and effective dispute resolution in commercial cases. It is governed by Order 63A of the Rules of the Superior Courts in particular. There is no automatic right of entry to the Commercial List of […]