Irish judge appears before himself in court on driving charge
Kerry justice James O’Connor is both defendant and judge in bizarre case
A judge in County Kerry appeared before himself in Ireland yesterday on a driving charge.
District Court Judge James O’Connor was both judge and defendant in his own court in the town of Cahirsiveen.
He was charged with failing to display a valid roadworthy certificate on his vehicle.
He had received a summonses from police to appear in his own court.
The judge was named as James O'Connor of Coolroe, Glenbeigh, Co Kerry, and was accused of committing the offence, which was contrary to Section 18 of the Road Traffic Act, at Newmarket Street, Cahersiveen, on July 21 last.
The car was ticketed outside his own courthouse when his court was in session.
Judge O’Connor decided to fight the charge which led to the court hearing.
Legal experts had never heard of a similar case, according to the Irish Independent.
Judge O’Connor presided as his attorney entered a not guilty plea and demanded that the police hand over all documents relating to the case.
The judge then adjourned the case against himself until a March 15 sitting of the court. He said a judge from Dublin would come down and hear the case.
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