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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

1993 No. 282

COUNTY COURTS

The County Courts (Financial Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 1993

Made

19th June 1993

To be laid before Parliament

Coming into operation

1st September 1993

The Lord Chancellor, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Article 22(1) of the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980(1), after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, hereby makes the following Order:—

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the County Courts (Financial Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 1993 and shall come into operation on 1st September 1993.

Increase of financial limits of civil jurisdiction of county courts

2.  In the staturory provisions set out in column 1 of the Schedule (which prescribe financial limits relating to the jurisdiction of county courts) for the figures set out in column 2 of that Schedule (wherever they occur) there shall be substituted the figures set out in column 3 of that Schedule.

Revocation and saving

3.  Except for the entries relating to the Landlord and Tenant Law Amendment (Ireland) Act 1860(2) and Article 30(3) of the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 in the Schedule to the County Courts (Financial Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 1992(3) the Schedule to that Order is hereby revoked.

Mackay of Clashfern, C.

Dated 19th June 1993

Article 2

SCHEDULEIncrease of Financial Limits of Civil Jurisdiction of County Courts

Statutory ProvisionsExisting Limit of JurisdictionNew Limit of Jurisdiction
The Grand Jury (Ireland) Act 1836 (c. 116) section 168 (contracts for public work)£10,000£15,000

The Landed Property Improvements (Ireland) Act 1847 (c. 32)

  • section 40 (recovery of rent-charge)

£10,000£15,000

The Administration of Estates Act (Northern Ireland) 1955 (c. 24)

  • section 43(2) (jurisdiction of county court)

£30,000£45,000
£4,000£6,000

The Land Development Values (Compensation) Act (Northern Ireland) 1965 (c. 23)

  • section 22(5)(a) and (6) (payment into court)

£30,000£45,000

The Mineral Development Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 (c. 35)

  • section 38(7)(a) and (b) (payment into court)

£30,000£45,000

The Registration of Deeds Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 (c. 25)

  • section 17(1)(a) and (6) (breach of statutory duty by registry officials)

£10,000£15,000
The Consumer Credit Act 1974 (c. 39) section 139(7)(b) (re-opening of extortionate agreements)£10,000£15,000

The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (S.I. 1979/924 (N.I. 8))

  • Article 24(1) (jurisdiction of county courts)

£30,000£45,000

The County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 (S.I. 1980/397 (N.I. 3))

  • Article 10(1) (general civil jurisdiction)

£10,000£15,000
  • Article 10(2) (libel and slander)

£2,000£3,000
  • Article 10(6) (recovery of rent)

£10,000£15,000
  • Article 11(2)(a) (gross value of estates)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 11(2)(b) (legacies and annuities)

£10,000£15,000
  • Article 11(2)(c) (legacies etc. charged on land)

£10,000£15,000
  • Article 11(3) (charitable donations)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 14(a) (equity: administration of estates)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 14(b) (equity: administration of trusts)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 14(d) (equity: specific performance)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 14(e) (equity: relief against fraud, mistake)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 14(f) (equity: partnerships)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 14(i) (equity: proceedings under Settled Land Acts)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 14(k) (equity: Trustee Act (Northern Ireland) 1958)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 14(l) (equity: infants)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 14(m) (equity: construction of deeds, wills, etc.)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 16(1)(b) (administration pendente lite)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 17(1) (representatives to lodge accounts if required)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 19 (payment into court by trustees)

£30,000£45,000
  • Article 30(1) (general civil jurisdiction exercisable by District Judges)

£2,000£3,000

The Judgments Enforcement (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (S.I. 1981/226 (N.I. 6))

  • Article 107(2)(a)(i) (committal for default)

£10,000£15,000

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order.)

This Order increases the financial limits of the civil jurisdiction of county courts in Northern Ireland.

In particular the limits are increased:—

(a)from £10,000 to £15,000 in actions founded on tort or contract and in actions for money recoverable by statute;

(b)from £30,000 to £45,000 in equity matters;

(c)from £2,000 to £3,000 in actions for libel or slander; and

(d)from £10,000 to £15,000 in respect of extortionate credit agreements under section 139 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

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