Repossessions without legal representation unjust, says TD
Published 12/01/2014 | 02:30
The Fine Gael party chairman, Charles Flanagan, has warned that the courts should not grant orders for house repossessions in cases where those losing their homes are not legally represented at the court hearing.
Such decisions, he claimed, were wrong and unjust.
New insolvency laws was supposed to create an acceptable legal framework for those who are experiencing mortgage distress.
However, observers of the bankruptcy courts have noted a growing trend where the vast bulk of debtors and home-owners appear before the courts without the benefit of legal representation.
Mr Flanagan told the Sunday Independent that he had "witnessed this phenomenon first hand in the courts and found it to be profoundly disturbing''.
He added that "anecdotal evidence suggests that, as the rate of repossessions inevitably increases, more and more repossessions are not being contested because of the absence of legal advice''.