A district court judge has increased the threshold for bail to €500 after a number of people failed to show up at his court.
Speaking at a recent sitting of Castlerea District Court Judge James Faughnan remarked: “I’m imposing bail at €500 going forward. Word will get out. There’s a discourtesy in people not showing up in court and all the money that is then spent on Gardaí, re-listings and often special court sittings as a result,” he said.
“In future, all bail will be cash – ‘cash is King’ as the saying goes. If we check the next six months with the past six months there will be a difference. If they (defendants) don’t show up, then the state will get the (bail) money,” Judge Faughnan remarked.