HC Deb 16 August 1894 vol 28 cc1255-6

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that Dr. Dillon, medical officer of Strokestown Dispensary and a Magistrate for the County of Roscommon, in a charge of assault brought by the Queen, at the prosecution of Patrick M'Loughlin against Francis M'Loughlin and Michael M'Loughlin, was called in and professionally employed to attend Patrick M'Loughlin, the prosecutor; that the defendants were obliged to pay Dr. Dillon £2 for a certificate that the life of the prosecutor was not in danger, before they got out on bail; that Dr. Dillon afterwards, on the 1st of August, attended as a Magistrate at Rooskey Petty Sessions, in the County Roscommon, on the hearing of the said complaint, and adjudicated in the case, notwithstanding the protest of the solicitor for the defence that he should not do so, being an interested party who had been in professional attendance for reward on the prosecutor; and that Dr. Dillon refused to leave the Bench, and took an active part in the proceedings, saying that he did not care for the protests of the solicitor, and adjudicated with the other Magistrates in the case, when the defendants were fined £4 and costs; and if he will bring the matter under the notice of the Lord Chancellor with the view of preventing Justices of the Peace adjudicating under similar circumstances in the future?


It would be improper for a Magistrates to adjudicate in a ease in which he had been professionally employed. If the facts are as stated in the question, I shall bring the matter under the notice of the Lord Chancellor.