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Move Insurance Claims to Petty Sessions

1 September, 2011 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has called on the Justice Minister David Ford to support the Consumers Council’s call for lower insurance by moving insurance disputes from County Courts into Petty Sessions.

Mr Boylan stated,

“The cost of dealing with these insurance cases through County Courts compared to Petty Sessions courts is astronomical due to the use of barristers and other legal representation needed in a County Court and these legal costs are helping to maintain high insurance premiums in the North

“In Britain all insurances claims are dealt through the Petty Sessions Court and this is reflected in cheaper insurance premiums in Britain.

“Overall drivers in the North of Ireland are paying an average of £300 more than their counterparts in the Britain and I will be supporting the Consumer Council in addressing the inequalities offered to drivers in the North.

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