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A Change of mind

The new Chairman of the Bar Council must surely remember the events surrounding the introduction of the rules of disclosure of reports in personal injury actions.

They should fortify him in his efforts to have canceled, or substantially amended, the new rule of the Superior Courts in Statutory Instrument No. 12 of 2008 as suggested HERE.

The practicality of changing the effect of Statutory Instrument 12 of 2008 is real and the example is found in the recent past.

The Superior Courts Rules Committee introduced an amendment to the rules in 1997, as set out HERE.

Very promptly, the amendment was revoked and replaced by a new rule as set out HERE. This was discussed in the Supreme Court in Payne v Shovlin [2005] IESC.

The Court accepted that the effect of the 1997 rule on disclosure was too broad and the new, replacement rule was of a narrower ambit.

In short, when the bad effects of a rule or rule change is manifest the Rules Committee is capable of responding positively.

Go to it, Mr. Chairman!

(PS: Issue a new Press Release; your website shows Turlough O’Donnell as the Chairman, according to the latest Press Release on the topic; cancel the old Press Release).