Reduction in personal injury awards does not go far enough, businesses claim

Judicial Council voted to reduce minor awards while raising rate for catastrophic injuries, but did not agree to the 80 per cent reduction sought by business owners

7th March, 2021
Reduction in personal injury awards does not go far enough, businesses claim
Ms Justice Mary Irvine, the President of the High Court

A landmark vote by judges to accept proposals that aim to reduce the level of awards in personal injuries cases has been dismissed by business owners as not going far enough.

The Judicial Council, which is made up of the state’s 166 judges, voted yesterday morning in favour of guidelines produced by a seven-judge committee chaired by Ms Justice Mary Irvine, the President of the High Court, which will lead to a significant lowering of...

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