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Assessment Of Damages (Northern Ireland)

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Attorney-General, in the light of the fact that the assessment of damages in respect of motor cycle accidents in Northern Ireland involves juries within the court system, whether he will consider bringing the practice in Northern Ireland into line with that in the rest of the United Kingdom.

Any question of changing the classes of action which are normally tried with a jury in Northern Ireland is now for the Lord Chancellor. The practice in Northern Ireland in this regard was confirmed by Parliament last year in section 62 of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978; but the Lord Chancellor recognises that it differs from the practice in England and Wales and will keep it under review.