This Act has now been enacted. It changes the method of determining the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court in cases involving property. Previously, the Circuit Court could only deal with property disputes including landlord and tenant matters and repossession cases, where there was a rateable valuation of the property of less than £200. This could create difficulty where there was no poor law valuation certificate available. The new act provides that the Circuit Court has jurisdiction where the market value of the property does not exceed €3,000,000.00. This moves us away from the antiquated poor law system and will give commercial landlords the opportunity to have most disputes dealt with in the Circuit Court rather than the High Court.
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