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Administration of Justice Act 1982

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Schedule 7Interest on Debts and Damages—Northern Ireland

Part ISection Inserted in Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978

33A(1)Subject to rules of court, in proceedings (whenever instituted) before the High Court for the recovery of a debt or damages there may be included in any sum for which judgment is given simple interest, at such rate as the court thinks fit or as rules of court may provide, on all or any part of the debt or damages in respect of which judgment is given, or payment is made before judgment, for all or any part of the period between the date when the cause of action arose and—

(i)in the case of any sum paid before judgment, the date of the payment; and

(ii)in the case of the sum for which judgment is given, the date of the judgment.

(2)Subject to the rules of court, where—

(a)there are proceedings (whenever instituted) before the High Court for the recovery of a debt; and

(b)the defendant pays the whole debt to the plaintiff (otherwise than in pursuance of a judgment in the proceedings),

the defendant shall be liable to pay the plaintiff simple interest at such rate as the court thinks fit or as rules of court may provide on all or any part of the debt for all or any part of the period between the date when the cause of action arose and the date of the payment.

(3)Interest in respect of a debt shall not be awarded under this section for a period during which, for whatever reason, interest on the debt already runs.

(4)Without prejudice to the generality of section 55, rules of court may provide for a rate of interest by reference to a rate for which any other enactment provides.

(5)Interest under this section may be calculated at different rates in respect of different periods.

(6)In this section " plaintiff " means the person seeking the debt or damages and "defendant" means the person from whom the plaintiff seeks the debt or damages.

(7)Nothing in this section affects the damages recoverable for the dishonour of a bill of exchange.

Part IIArticle Inserted in County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980

45A(1)Subject to county court rules, in proceedings (whenever instituted) before a county court for the recovery of a debt or damages there may be included in any sum for which judgment is given simple interest, at such rate as the court thinks fit or as county court rules may provide, on all or any part of the debt or damages in respect of which judgment is given, or payment is made before judgment, for all or any part of the period between the date when the cause of action arose and—

(i)in the case of any sum paid before judgment,

the date of the payment; and

(ii)in the case of the sum for which judgment is given, the date of the judgment.

(2)Subject to county court rules, where—

(a)there are proceedings (whenever instituted) be fore a county court for the recovery of a debt ; and

(b)the defendant pays the whole debt to the plaintiff (otherwise than in pursuance of a judgment in the proceedings),

the defendant shall be liable to pay the plaintiff simple interest at such rate as the court thinks fit or as county court rules may provide on all or any part of the debt for all or any part of the period between the date when the cause of action arose and the date of the payment.

(3)Interest in respect of a debt shall not be awarded under this Article for a period during which, for whatever reason, interest on the debt already runs.

(4)Interest under this Article may be calculated at different rates in respect of different periods.

(5)In this Article " plaintiff " means the person seeking the debt or damages and " defendant" means the person from whom the plaintiff seeks the debt or damage.

(6)Nothing in this Article affects the damages recoverable for the dishonour of a bill of exchange.

Part IIIAmendments Consequential on Section 69

Crown Proceedings Act 1947 (c. 44)

1In section 24(3) of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947 as it applies in Northern Ireland in relation to Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and in relation to Her Majesty's Government in Northern Ireland for the words from the beginning to " damages) " there shall be substituted the words

Section 33A of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 and Article 45A of the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 (which respectively empower the High Court and county courts to award interest on debts and damages).

Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (c. 23)

2In section 31(9)(c) of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 for the words " section 17 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (Northern Ireland) 1937 " there shall be substituted the words

Article 45A of the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980.

County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980

3In Article 2(4) of the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 for the words from "the power" to the end there shall be substituted the words

Article 45A or of anything done under it.

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