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Litigation Branch

Litigation Branch manages the defence of all claims made against the Minister of Defence.

The primary functions of the Branch include

• Processing of claims in the most efficient and effective manner
• Provision of administrative and statistical support and advice to the Minister
• Development and coordination of policy in relation to litigation management strategy
• Early settlement of claims, where possible
• Provision of support e.g. information, reports etc. as required by the State Claims Agency

State Claims Agency

The management of certain categories of personal injury claims (injuries alleged to have occurred within Ireland) against the Department had been delegated to the State Claims Agency (SCA) since 1st September, 2005. The management of the remaining categories of personal injury claims (accidents overseas, PTSD, bullying and other harassment cases that had been managed by the Chief State Solicitor’s Office) was delegated to the SCA in November 2011.
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Chief State Solicitor’s Office (CSSO)

All employment based claims against the Minister are managed by the Chief State Solicitor’s Office to include

• Judicial Reviews
• Claims made by State employees arising for alleged breaches of the Employment Equality Act, 1998
• Defamation claims

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The Injuries Board

Under the PIAB Act 2003 all claims for personal injury (excluding medical negligence) must now be submitted to PIAB.

The Injuries Board is a statutory body which provides independent assessment of personal injury compensation for victims of Workplace, Motor and Public Liability accidents. This assessment is provided without the need for the majority of current litigation costs, such as Solicitors, Barristers and Experts fees, associated with such claims.

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Litigation Branch
Department of Defence

Contact: John Doyle
Telephone: 00 353 45 492324
Fax: 00 353 45 492020
Lo Call: 1890 251890

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Chief State Solicitor’s Office
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State Claims Agency

Contact Us

Department of Defence
Station Road
Co. Kildare
W12 AD93

Tel 00 353 45 492000
Fax 00 353 45 492017
* loCall 1890 251890
** Or call 0761 001 607

* Note that the rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers
** 0761 numbers are charged as a national number from landlines and mobiles and are often included in bundle deals offered by phone operators