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OKLAHOMA COUNTY,Okla.-An Oklahoma County judge is fed up with her courtroom's lack of punctuality.

More than half a dozen people were sent to jail. Their crime? They all showed up late to court.

It's unclear if this was the first time, or the offense was repeated, but judge Cindy Truong was not wasting any time today.

Better late than never was a line this judge was going to accept during court Wednesday morning.

"You've been charged with a crime, you've bonded out, you've made a promise to court to be on time," David McKenzie, a legal expert says.

But for whatever reason seven people ,Billy Ray Jr. Adams, Christopher Kyle Compton, Corey Conway, Michael James Dorrian, Darren Lena Henry, Destry McFadden and Alejandro Rodriguez, were all locked up for showing up tardy.

"I think Judge Truong was trying to make a point to them that you have to be to court on time," McKenzie says.

Sources tell us the judge snapped and sent them straight to jail.

"It's within her power and her authority to hold people in contempt who do not show up to court on time," McKenzie says.

And while a judge can do that, attorneys whose clients were taken to jail said she missed some steps.

First, they should be given a chance to explain why they were late, second, they must have done it willingly, and before they go to jail, they have the right to a jury trial.

"If people show up when they want to, things don't run smoothly, it's up to the judges that the administration of justice runs smoothly," McKenzie said.

We tried talking with Judge Truong, but were only told she decided to release those sent to jail this afternoon because of work and family.

"At some point they have to put their foot down and I guess today was the day for her," McKenzie says.

We tried talking with multiple attorneys whose clients were late.

Some would not agree to talk to us on camera for fear of jeopardizing their client's cases.

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