The Judicial Studies Board for Northern Ireland has published the fifth Edition of the ‘Green Book’ following the recommendations of a Committee chaired by Lord Justice Stephens. Access to the online version of the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury cases is available here.
The latest edition of the Guidelines provides an increase in the figures for most injuries by around 20%. Although this is certainly a significant one-off step change, it is the inevitable result of uprating the figures in the previous edition, published in 2013, to take account of inflation since then.
The compulsory limit for property damage cover in mainland UK motor insurance policies was increased from £1m to £1.2m on 31 December 2016.
It is not entirely clear why the separate rules needed to make this same change in Northern Ireland have taken a few weeks longer. In any event, the same £1.2m limit now applies from today and is introduced by rule 2 of The Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017
Written by Alistair Kinley, director of policy and government affairs at BLM
At the start of 2016, this very short post seeks to draw out and compare the critical civil legal issues currently under debate in the jurisdictions in which we and our customers operate. At a high level, the aims and themes appear noticeably similar: to ensure access to justice and to reform and modernise the procedures and costs associated with making claims.
One noticeable point of contrast is that whereas a good deal of activity and reform in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland is either judicially-led or follows a report by a senior judge, the changes under discussion in the Irish Republic are much more clearly in the form of political initiatives. Continue reading