10 Aug 2022

Wrongful penalty point convictions due before Laois Circuit Court in Portlaoise

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Portlaoise Courthouse.

Gardaí are due to apply to quash wrongfully convictions of Laois motorists who suffered as a result of the fixed charge penalty notice Garda controversy in the Circuit Court in Portlaoise this month.

Fixed charge notices cover more than 60 road traffic offences which attract penalty points. Thousands of people were wrongfully convicted even though they had paid paid their fines.

An Garda Síochána provided the update in its response to the findings of the Crowe Horwath report on behalf of the Policing Authority into issues relating to the Fixed Charge Penalty Notice (FCPN) system and recording of breath-tests very seriously.

The Gardaí are examining all fixed charge penalty notices issued since 2006. They have have completed 99% of that work. and written to 11,924 persons whose cases must be appealed. 

"In July 2017, we brought 67 test appeal cases before the Dublin Circuit Court to be heard by the President of the Circuit Court. All of the cases were successfully appealed and the Court Services are in the process of updating the records of those concerned and returning fines paid. A further 3,800 are scheduled to be heard in Circuit Courts in December 2017," said a statement issued in November.

Portlaoise Circuit Court began sitting this week.

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