Monday 11 December 2017

Wigs on greens

• I refer to the article in the Irish Independent (February 22) on the golfer suing in the High Court for €10m damages for defamation for having his golf handicap reduced by a golf club. I thought it was a misprint when I read that the case ended after 21 days. I find it incredible that such a case in the second-highest court in the land could have commanded such time and state resources.

I fully understand that a lay litigant is given every opportunity and latitude in pressing their case, but 21 days appears to me to be on the extreme side of caution.

This case surely highlights that by indulging such a case so much court time, the Courts Service may deny many other litigants access to what is now a scarce resource.

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