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.
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.'