The Justice Minister has announced that County Courts will now be able to deal with cases valued up to £30,000 – double the previous amount.
The financial jurisdiction of District Judges will also increase from £5,000 to £10,000. Most County Court cases are for compensation for personal injury.
David Ford said: "These increases will ensure cases are dealt with at the right level as cases better suited to a County Court will be directed away from the High Court."
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