HC Deb 05 May 1904 vol 134 cc542-3
MR. SULLIVAN (Westmeath, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the fact that in the county of Westmeath there has been little or no criminal business at some of the late quarter sessions held in that county; and that the County Court Judge presiding at these sessions has been repeatedly presented with, white gloves on the opening of his Court because there was no criminal business to come before him; and, if so, whether, in view of the inconvenience and expense to jurors being brought long distances to attend the quarter sessions Courts, he will give instructions to have the county so scheduled as to notify to the jurors they need not attend on such occasions as are here referred to.


White gloves were presented to the County Court Judge at the January and April quarter sessions. On each occasion the jurors received an intimation that their attendance was not necessary. These appear to be the only Sessions at which white gloves were presented during the past ten years. The question of applying the provisions of the Act of 1897 to the county is under consideration.