Law Society welcomes publication of report on tort reform and management of clinical negligence claims

The Law Society is urging the implementation of tort reform proposals without delay.

The Law Society of Ireland has welcomed the publication of the Expert Group Report to Review the Law of Torts and the Current Systems for the Management of Clinical Negligence Claims and is urging the government to implement its recommendations without delay.

Published in December 2020, the report provides 17 recommendations for change in the area of clinical negligence claims with six of these recommendations falling under the Department of Justice’s remit.

Commenting on the publication of the report, Director General of the Law Society, Ken Murphy, said, “The Law Society welcomes this report as an important step to improve the system of clinical negligence claims. Many issues that arise in this area do not occur in other personal injury actions so it is an opportunity to develop specific policies and procedures relating to these matters.”

“In August 2018, the Law Society made a submission to the Department of Health on this issue and highlighted the need to implement existing statutory provisions for pre-action protocols and called for the extension of the statute limitation period to three years. We are pleased to see these have been included within the report’s final recommendations,” he said.

“This is an area in much need of reform and we commend Mr Justice Charles Meenan and the Expert Group for its work. We are now urging the government to implement the report’s recommendations at the earliest opportunity,” said Mr Murphy.

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