High Court to rule on lead challenge over new guidelines slashing awards for minor injuries (via Irish Times)

Decision has potentially huge implications for claimants, lawyers, insurers and the State

A judge will rule on Thursday on the lead case challenging the constitutionality of the law under which judges drafted and approved new guidelines slashing awards for minor personal injuries by up to 50 per cent.

The outcome of the case against the Personal Injuries Assessment Board, the Judicial Council and the State has potentially huge implications for claimants, lawyers, insurers and the State.

Brought by Bridget Delaney, from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, it is the lead of several cases over the guidelines the introduction of which was approved by an 83/63 majority of judges in March 2021.

The guidelines came into effect from April 24th 2021 and apply to claims authorised by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board after that. Earlier cases are assessed under the Book of Quantum (BOQ), which provided for higher awards.

Ms Delaney’s challenge was heard over several days by Mr Justice Charles Meenan before concluding in early April. He will give his judgment on Thursday.

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