System for collecting fines ‘useless’ – Judge
JUDGE Gerard Haughton described the system for collecting the fines he imposes as ‘useless’ as he sat at Wexford District Court.
During the sitting, the court clerk called out the names of 63 offenders whose fines had not been paid on time.
In most cases, the person summonsed to appear was not present and warrants were issued for their arrest.
In other cases, no order was made as the summons had not been served on the offender.
One man on the list was present in court with his solicitor, who was granted an adjournment to allow further time for him to come up with the money.
Another man was also in attendance, having come to court to support his son, who was defendant in a different matter.
The father was reminded that he was fined €250 by the court in June of 2016.
Queried by the judge, he undertook to pay within a week, so the proceedings against him were adjourned for six days to allow him do so.
Judge Gerard Haughton.