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Ross amendment will compel judges to declare financial interests

24 May 2019 / legislation Print

Ross now wants judges to declare financial interests

The  Judicial Council Bill could now be delayed after Transport minister Shane Ross asked for an amendment to compel judges to declare their financial interests.

The bill is a key plank of measures to tackle so-called ‘compo culture’ with provisions for judges to set up a committee to determine personal injuries award pay-out levels.

Revision

It is believed that the 'book of quantum' revision will push awards downwards in cases of minor injury.

In a surprise move, the minister sought the amendment at Cabinet this week, to compel judges to list their financial interests.

Justice minister Charlie Flanagan is believed to have pointed out that the Judicial Council Bill is on target to pass through the Oireachtas before the summer break but any amendments at this stage could delay its enactment.

Minister Ross said "The bill will not be delayed. I fully support the urgent need for reform of personal injuries compensation claims. My proposal that judges should declare their interests has been on the table for several years and will be speedily dealt with, causing no delay to the bill."

Provisions

He is believed to have asked for provisions regarding a declaration of interests due to be included when the bill returns to Cabinet after Seanad approval.

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