First female Judge sets out stall

TULLAMORE’S new judge says it is an honour and a privilege to be appointed to District 15.

TULLAMORE’S new judge says it is an honour and a privilege to be appointed to District 15.

Judge Catherine Staines made the comments on her first day as the regular sitting judge at the scheduled criminal court.

“I trust I will do the job correctly and if I don’t, the solicitors and Superintendent will pull me up,” she smiled. Mr Ray Mahon welcomed Judge Staines, saying solicitors in the District look forward to getting to know her.

He noted that it’s the first time there has been a female judge in the district and promised her the co-operation of the legal profession.

Co-operation was also promised by Inspector Kieran Keyes on behalf of An Garda Síochána.

It became clear over the course of the day what Judge Staines’ priorities will be.

Payment of compensation in cases of criminal damage and assault emerged as central to the judgements she handed down.

It was also evident in her jailing of a 19 year old for his first drugs offence that she views drug dealing as a serious crime.