Sunday 17 December 2017

Judge throws out all speed camera cases

Justice Patrick Durcan Picture: Courtpix
Justice Patrick Durcan Picture: Courtpix

Gordon Deegan

A judge called failings around the GoSafe speed van prosecutions being brought before his court "embarrassing" and a "charade".

Judge Patrick Durcan dismissed all of the GoSafe speeding cases at Killaloe District Court yesterday after hearing that a number of the motorists did not receive the fixed charge penalty notice from gardaí.

The judge said that he would rather GoSafe speeding cases were not put before him in future.

He said: "I am not going to waste the court's time with these cases."

Dismissing all five GoSafe prosecutions before the court, Judge Durcan said: "I would prefer if these cases were not listed before me, because I find it embarrassing."

Addressing the local Garda inspector, Judge Durcan said: "I have expressed the view that the fixed-charge penalty notice should be served by registered post and this view has gone up the line at the gardaí and your authority refused to accept that. That is one reason why matters are as they are. It is embarrassing to all of us."

He said: "I don't want to see the administration of justice and the importance of it being diminished any further by this charade when there is a failure on the part of your authority to ensure that the fixed charge penalty notices are properly served."

Judge Durcan said: "I have been making comments like this for over a year and getting nowhere."

It follows critical remarks he made on the operation of the GoSafe speed vans at Ennis District Court last month.

After throwing out nine Go Safe prosecutions, he said: "It is important that the minister know that in seven of the nine cases, the GoSafe officers were a no-show. The other two cases were dismissed due to incomplete evidence."

Irish Independent

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