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    Courts Poor Box

    Courts Poor Box

    There’s a phrase heard in the Irish courtroom that is unique to our justice system to “get the poor box” describes an order by a judge that a defendant make a donation to charity. Millions have been raised for various charitable organisations in this way but there are critics of the poor box system...amongst them Transport Minister Leo Varadkar who recently highlighted the number of road traffic defendants who escape penalty points through its application. Sean was joined in studio by  barrister, Paul Anthony McDermott on the origins of the poor box, how it operates and some of the problems ...


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