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Judge appears before himself on NCT charge

A DISTRICT court judge was due before himself yesterday.

Judge James O'Connor (left) was in the unusual position of being both presiding judge and defendant in his own courtroom.

Judge O'Connor had to deal with a summons that was before Cahersiveen District Court yesterday that had been issued to him for failing to display a valid national car test (NCT) certificate on his vehicle.

James O'Connor of Coolroe, Glenbeigh, Co Kerry, is accused of committing the offence, contrary to Section 18 of the Road Traffic Act, at Newmarket Street, Cahersiveen, on July 21 last.

On the date when the alleged offence occurred, his car was parked at Newmarket Street outside the courthouse where a court sitting had been in progress.

Judge O'Connor is the presiding judge at District Court number 17 in Kerry.

At yesterday's sitting, solicitor Jean Harrington, acting on behalf of Eamon Kelly solicitors, requested the State to furnish all statements, documents and garda notebooks relating to the matter.

This was the first time it had appeared on the court list.

Judge O'Connor then adjourned the matter for mention to the March 15 sitting of the court for a full hearing date to be decided by the President of the District Court.

He said a judge would come down from Dublin to hear the case.

Irish Independent