Judge entitled to jail man in ‘anarchy’ repossession case

Court of appeal finds judges must be afforded “very wide discretion” in dealing with disruption

9th April, 2017
Justice Alan Mahon

The Court of Appeal has found that a judge was entitled to jail a man for two weeks after “near anarchy” broke out during repossession proceedings in Waterford Circuit Court.

In a recent written ruling, Justice Alan Mahon concluded that judges must be afforded “very wide discretion” in dealing with disruption.

The case arose when Judge Alice Doyle found David Walsh guilty of criminal contempt on May 31, 2016 after he...

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