Sunday March 29, 2020

New laws see 80,000 get off scot-free after failing to pay court fines over ‘difficulties’ in applying act

Previous practice of sending non-payers to jail was officially discouraged with new leglislation

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

17th March, 2019
Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Justice

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has set up a review into how more than 80,000 people have got away with failing to pay their court fines.

The previous “revolving door” practice of sending around 8,000 people to prison every year for a few hours for not paying court fines was officially discouraged through new legislation.

Judges were given the power to hand down community service orders or recover the money through attachment orders instead.

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