Settling claims by minors & court approval – consultation launched on possible reform in Northern Ireland

Among the many issues highlighted by Lord Justice Gillen’s 2017 review of civil justice in NI was the absence of a process for approving settlements in claims involving minors and in which proceedings had not been issued. The Gillen group’s view was that “serious consideration [should] be given to introducing legislation to make court approval of legal settlements of financial cases involving minors mandatory.” The consultation paper issued on 7 July 2021 by the Department of Justice NI now takes that forward and sets out possible options for reform (including ‘no change’). Responses are due by 24 September.

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“The somewhat controversial function of bereavement damages” – part II

Last October a report was posted here under the above title. This phrase was taken from a paper issued by the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland (DoJNI) in which it outlined approaches for bringing statutory bereavement damages awards up to date. Further details were provided in this post in mid-October. On 29 January 2016, the DoJNI reported that it has decided to increase the statutory award, when legislative time allows, in line with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). It also said that further updating of the figure should happen every three years. The body of this post also reports on two related matters in England and Wales. Continue reading