Sys­tem for col­lect­ing fines ‘use­less’ – Judge

Wexford People - - NEWS -

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.

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