Identifying for referral to Law Centre (Montague Court)
The Board operates its Law Centre (Montague Court) in Dublin, specialising in medical negligence and personal injuries cases.
Any application for legal services which appears to relate to a medical negligence matter should be brought immediately to the attention of the managing solicitor who should direct that the application be referred to Law Centre (Montague Court), if the managing solicitor is satisfied that the case appears to relate to a medical negligence matter (i.e. a case involving alleged negligence in relation to the provision of medical services).
Managing solicitors should make a direction to refer a medical negligence case to Montague Court unless there is a specific reason for retaining the case in the law centre; if necessary, the views of the Director of Civil Legal Aid may be sought. Full procedures for referring medical negligence cases to Law Centre (Montague Court) can be found in Chapter 6. From time to time directions may be given by the Director of Civil Legal Aid that Medical Negligence applications be directed elsewhere.
Montague Court also deals with personal injuries cases. At present all plaintiff personal injuries cases should be referred to Montague Court.
Where a case has been selected for referral the instructions for making the actual referral can be found in Chapter 6.