Kerry offenders give most to court poor box


Kerry offenders are one of the most generous in the country when it comes to donating to charities through the “court poor box” – contributing almost a quarter of the total collected in poor boxes across all districts in the State in 2011.

The poor box is a device offered mainly by District Court judges as a means of avoiding conviction and/or fine on minor offences, particularly if these are first offences.

A breakdown of figures from the Courts Service reveals that offenders in District No 17, which includes all Kerry towns apart from Listowel, contributed €416,485.

A total of €1.734 million was collected via poor boxes throughout the 24 districts in 2011, according to the annual report of the Courts Service.