An X-ray image of a fractured wrist. The guidelines on personal injury awards were welcomed by the insurance industry, although some campaigners for lower awards maintained they did not go far enough. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Senior judges are facing a major dilemma caused by a rising number of constitutional challenges to judge-approved guidelines slashing damages awards f(...)

Eamonn Fleming: ‘Solicitors in country towns are a resilient bunch.’ Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

West Cork-based solicitor Eamonn Fleming has been here before. Back in 2003 it was argued that the the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) would(...)

  Mr Justice Kevin Cross said there is a “great lacuna” in the court’s personal injuries list for the rest of this law term to May 20th. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The High Court judge who manages personal injuries litigation has stressed that new guidelines aimed at reducing damages, especially for minor injuri(...)

A virtually empty M50 in Dublin at the height of lockdown last year. Insurance Ireland says traffic volumes have been higher  since the initial lockdown. Photograph: Tom Honan

Motor insurers have been accused of “sidestepping” the issue of refunds to customers affected by the pandemic. Covid-19 travel restrictions mean the(...)

The guidelines are expected to impact most on High Court personal injuries litigation, where awards and legal costs are highest, but the fact they set clear brackets for specific injuries should lead to more settlements and less litigation in all courts. Photograph: Getty Images

“When lawyers say the cuts are ‘savage’, and business and insurance reform campaigners say they don’t go far enough, the cuts might be just about righ(...)

New guidelines replace Book of Quantum which set guidelines for award amounts

Judges have voted to adopt new guidelines aimed at reducing general damages awards for some personal injuries, particularly minor injuries. At a meet(...)

The expectation is the guidelines will lead to more consistent and significantly reduced awards, especially for minor and soft tissue injuries; to more, and earlier, settlements of cases and will discourage bringing certain cases before the High Court where higher legal costs apply. Photograph: iStock

Judges have voted to adopt new guidelines aimed at reducing general damages awards for some personal injuries, particularly minor injuries, and ensuri(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee: said that if the new guidelines were approved, she would bring proposals to Cabinet on Tuesday on how to implement them. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Judges are expected to vote on Saturday on whether to adopt proposed new guidelines to reduce general damages awards for some personal injuries, parti(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke  used his announcement to issue a pointed rebuke to Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State at the Department of Finance, about how the guidelines committee will go about its work. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ms Justice Mary Irvine was the obvious choice to chair the new judicial committee set up to issue guidelines for personal injury payouts, which are bl(...)