Personal injury awards review to look at limits
The Law Reform Commission (LRC) is set to review the idea of capping personal injuries awards.
The review comes after a new report from the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) found that the average award for a whiplash claim is just short of €20,000 - five times higher than awards paid out in Britain.
It is expected that the LRC work will look at whether it is constitutionally allowable to set upper limits on payouts for claims.
If it is concluded that there is scope for such limits the work may then move on to assessing whether it is a good idea to introduce limits and looking at how those limits might work.
The draft work programme will have to be approved by the Oireachtas Justice Committee and Cabinet.
The LRC is also set to begin work on 15 projects over the coming years including: structured sentencing; consolidating the law on sexual offences; and the rules around 'proper provision' on divorce or how post-divorce payments are handled.