Tributes paid to the late Judge Wil­liam Hamill

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

THE funeral of Judge Wil­liam Hamill took place in Christ Church, Del­gany yes­ter­day (Tues­day).

Tributes to Judge Hamill, who died at the week­end, were led by his col­league on the bench, Judge Ger­ard Haughton, at Wex­ford Dis­trict Court on Mon­day.

Judge Haughton, who lives in Wick­low, com­mented that he had known the de­ceased all of his ju­di­cial life and de­scribed him as a ‘phenom­e­nal’ judge.

The court heard Judge Haughton trace the ca­reer of a man he called his friend from his first ap­point­ment as a tem­po­rary judge early in 1986.

He spent much of his time as a ‘move­able’ mem­ber of the Dis­trict Court, though he also served stints in both the Dublin Metropoli­tan dis­trict and on the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court. He also sat on oc­ca­sion at Bray and Wick­low Dis­trict Courts.

‘Wil­liam Hamill was a giant of man in ev­ery way and ev­ery sense, phys­i­cally and men­tally,’ said Judge Haughton. ‘His knowl­edge of law was im­mense and, as a judge, he was phenom­e­nal.’

It was noted that one of the ma­jor pro­fes­sional con­cerns of the de­ceased was the is­sue of bench war­rants is­sued by the courts for the ar­rest of de­fen­dants who fail to at­tend.

Judge Haughton re­vealed that he had can­celled a cou­ple of war­rants that day (Mon­day) is­sued by Judge Hamill back in 2007, which were never ex­e­cuted.

The court of­fered sym­pa­thy to Judge Hamill’s widow Rose­mary and the cou­ple’s chil­dren, Louisa and Felic­ity.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Wex­ford solic­i­tors, Cor­mac Dun­leavy said he had been shocked to hear the sad news.

Judge Hamill would be missed in Wex­ford where he had at­tended courts on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, said Mr Dun­leavy.

Also shocked was the Wick­low based so­lic­i­tor David Tar­rant.

He told the court how he had been un­aware of the pass­ing of the judge un­til in­formed by a fel­low so­lic­i­tor on ar­rival at the sit­ting in Wex­ford.

Mr Tar­rant said he last saw Judge Hamill in July and re­called a man who had a great sense of hu­mour.

His words of sym­pa­thy to the Hamill fam­ily were echoed by Sergeant Gary Rayner, rep­re­sent­ing the gar­daí, and by court clerk Ciara O’Neill.

Yes­ter­day’s (Tues­day’s) sit­ting of the Dis­trict Court in Wex­ford started late, to al­low mourn­ers at­tend the funeral Mass in Christ Church Del­gany.

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