THE new Courts Bill 2013 will be signed into law in time for its introduction on August 1, resulting in a jump in the limits on compensation payments in civil proceedings.
Once enacted by President Michael D Higgins, it will increase the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court from its current €38,092.14 to €75,000 in civil proceedings and raise the top limit of the District Court to €15,000. In personal injury actions the revised monetary jurisdiction limit of the Circuit Court will be €60,000.
BILL BACKS FILM BID
NEW Irish Film Board chairman Bill O'Herlihy is backing Galway's bid to become a UNESCO City of Film.
"I think it's a fabulous idea on the grounds that they have a terrific tradition stretching back to 1905 and there is a terrific development in terms of the universities . . . so there is a very dynamic atmosphere in terms of the industry here," he said. A decision on whether the bid will be successful will not be known for up to 12 months.
DRUGS FACTORY FOUND
GARDAI are questioning two men after the discovery of a drugs-mixing factory in a Dublin apartment.
Officers made the find after a planned search of the flat at Leinster Road in Rathmines. They seized 3.5 kilos of powder, which was being analysed last night by forensic experts but was thought to be either cocaine or a mixing agent. Gardai detained two men in their 20s.
CHEMICALS MADE SAFE
AN ARMY bomb disposal team has made safe a quantity of unstable chemicals in a Dublin school.
The military ordnance team was called after the discovery in a laboratory at the Ballinteer Community School during a routine audit yesterday afternoon.
The Army took the chemicals – known as 'Brady's Reagent' – to a safe location nearby and destroyed the haul through a controlled explosion.