Reducing court awards to previous levels ‘misconceived’, says Shatter

Reducing court awards to previous levels ‘misconceived’, says Shatter
Alan Shatter described the move to reduce personal injury awards as ‘extraordinarily superficial’ Picture: Getty

Legislation introduced by Shatter in 2013 changed the jurisdictional limits of the district and circuit courts for personal injury cases, despite widespread warnings that doing so could drive up awards and increase premiums

The government is to review the level of compensation that district and circuit court judges can award for personal injury claims just six years after the level of awards was increased.

Legislation introduced by former minister for justice Alan Shatter in 2013 changed the jurisdictional limits of the district and circuit courts for personal injury cases, despite widespread warnings that doing so could drive up awards and increase premiums.

The changes increased the amounts that the...

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