Businesses will soon be able to use the small claims procedure for some claims under new rules being introduced by Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Dermot Ahern.
The rules will facilitate claims not exceeding €2,000 from a business against another firm, and will come into effect on January 11th.
“This Government is conscious that all businesses, but small businesses in particular, have been significantly affected by the very difficult economic situation that this country is facing. Businesses, as well as consumers, can find themselves in a position where they have a legitimate claim against another business or vendor in relation to a contract in respect of goods or services purchased,” Mr. Ahern said.
“The extension of this successful procedure will provide a choice of legal routes to pursue a small claim as the current civil bill system will also remain available. This will allow a business choose whichever route, small claims or civil bill procedure, it considers most economic and appropriate to its circumstances.”
The Minister said the limitations on the procedure would maintain the fundamental pro-consumer ethos of the small claims process and provide the necessary safeguards for consumers.