Today then, was something of a record.
At 10:15, we disqualified a woman from driving following an admission of guilt in the matter of careless driving and driving with excess alcohol. It was her fourth disqualification.
At 12:50, the same woman was brought up from the cells charged with driving whilst disqualified to which she pleaded guilty.
Apparently she had walked out of Court after her first hearing, and had got straight in her car, being stopped and arrested by the Police as she drove out of the car park. They took her to Bilston Street Police station where a charge was authorised and she was then returned to Court in custody.
At least she had the good grace to look shamefaced and via the duty solicitor, told us that she was supposed to be driving the family to Centre Parcs for two weeks this evening but would be able to get somebody else to drive and promised not to be so silly again.
The duty solicitor wasn't in the least surprised when I offered her alternative holiday accommodation at the State's expense. She, however, made it abundantly clear that she didn't think much of the offer, especially when I insisted.
That has to be something of a record
A Court order, by its very nature, HAS to have teeth but some people are so arrogant or so stupid that they find themselves the subject, as in this case, of a four month prison sentence. There also seems to be a somewhat misplaced faith in the urban myth that Courts are unwilling to hand down custodial sentences these days.