Extra judge appointed to ease personal injury case backlog

Extra cases being heard to reduce eight-month wait time

There are 1,600 Dublin-based personal injury claims awaiting a hearing. Picture: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

An extra judge is to be added to work through the 1,600 Dublin-based personal injury claims that are awaiting a hearing.

The additional judge will be assigned from March 1 and, as a result, an additional five cases a day will be heard, the Law Society said.

At present, cases are being given hearing dates as far away as October, a Courts Service spokesman said. An estimated 1,600 cases can be scheduled in that period. ...