The amount of money that can be awarded in the event of a successful claim taken in court has been increased - with the aim of bringing cases from the High Court to lower courts like the Circuit Court and District Court.
The High Court normally sits in Dublin
Monetary limits in the Circuit Court for civil cases have been almost doubled from €38,0082 to €75,000 and in the District Court the limit has been increased from the current threshold of €6,400 to €15,000.
At the same time the monetary limit in the Circuit Court for personal injury claims cases rises to €60,000.
The changes take effect from February 3.
According to Naas solicitor Liam Moloney the changes will mean hundreds of new cases being filed in the local courts and it could have a positive impact on the local economy.
“This will bring much more commercial activity to the towns of Naas, Athy and Kilcock where the District and Circuit Courts currently sit,” he said.
Although courthouses have closed over the years in Newbridge, Blessington, Dunlavin, Edenderry and Kildare town, court business normally conducted in these areas have been moved to generally larger court premises such as Naas, Tullamore and Baltinglass.
Mr. Moloney predicted that at least some court witnesses, many of them necessary specialist witnesses, are likely to require accommodation in hotels or guesthouses “with a resultant boost for local hotels.”
He added: “Shops in the town will also benefit as the court lists get bigger,”