O’Donnell: class actions could improve access to justice

Class action lawsuits and third-party funding of legal actions could improve citizens’ access to justice, according to Supreme Court Judge Donal O’Donnell, who is due to become Chief Justice when Frank Clarke retires this week

3rd October, 2021
O’Donnell: class actions could improve access to justice
Mr Justice Frank Clarke, the Chief Justice, who is due to retire this week and Eilis Barry, chief executive, Free Legal Advice Centres: Barry was critical of poor access to the Irish legal system for ordinary citizens. Picture: Photocall

Access to justice may be improved with the introduction of class action lawsuits and third-party funding, the designate chief justice has said.

Supreme Court judge Donal O’Donnell, who is due to succeed Chief Justice Frank Clarke when he retires next week, said removing the obstacles facing citizens who seek justice required a multi-faceted approach.

He also said that along with education and outreach, it required additional provisions to ensure people can afford to...

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