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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Shatter considered impeaching judge

Published 04/12/2012 | 11:30

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THE MINISTER for Justice said he considered impeaching former Malahide judge, Heather Perrin before her resignation and conviction for tricking a client out of half of his estate when acting as his solicitor.

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On the day of the former district judge's sentencing, Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, commented on the case, saying: 'It is of the utmost importance that a client can trust a solicitor acting on his or her behalf to properly implement his or her instructions. 'Members of the legal profession are in a particular position of trust and to ensure confidence in the profession all solicitors must honestly implement instructions received and at all times act in an appropriate manner. ' This obligation of course also attaches to any member of the legal profession who aspires to hold judicial office.' Minister Shatter added: ' The conviction last week of Heather Perrin in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and her sentencing today starkly illustrates the importance of the highest standards of honesty being observed. ' The victims in this case are to be greatly commended for their fortitude in seeing this difficult and distressing criminal prosecution through to conviction.' He explained: 'I had been considering, in consultation with the Attorney General, initiating the impeachment process prescribed in the Constitution subsequent to today's sentencing of Heather Perrin. 'However, her resignation as a judge of the District Court on Monday evening has resulted in such process being no longer relevant or necessary.'

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