The Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 (Jurisdiction of District and Circuit Court) (Commencement) Order 2013 was signed by the Minister for Justice on the 18th December 2013. This Order establishes the 3rd February 2014 as the commencement date for the new monetary jurisdictions of the civil courts.
From the 3rd February 2014, the following changes will take effect:
• The jurisdiction of the District Court will increase from €6,384 to €15,000;
• The jurisdiction of the Circuit Court will increase from €38,092 to €75,000 for non-personal injury actions; such as debt recovery actions, breach of contract etc.
• The jurisdiction of the Circuit Court for personal injury actions will be restricted to €60,000;
• Where an action commenced in the High Court is remitted or transferred to the Circuit Court, the Circuit Court will have jurisdiction to award damages in excess of €60,000 for personal injury actions and in excess of €75,000 for all other actions.
The new jurisdiction limits will not affect proceedings instituted prior to the 3rd February 2014.
For further information please contact Terry Heaney, Partner, Defence Litigation Unit.