A District Court judge has been charged with two counts of deception.

Heather Perrin, 60, from Lambay Court in Malahide in Dublin was brought before the District Court at 5pm this evening.

The charges relate to an alleged incident a month before she was appointed to the bench, while she was still a solicitor.

Sergeant Patrick Linihan of the Garda Fraud Squad gave evidence that Ms Perrin had been arrested at her home by appointment this afternoon.

She is charged that on 22 January 2009, at her office at Fairview Strand in Dublin, she induced Thomas and Ada Davis to each sign a will in which they each purported to bequeath half of their estate to Ms Perrin's children, Sybil and Adam Perrin.

The court heard she made no reply when charged.

The book of evidence was served on Ms Perrin this evening and she was sent forward for trial to the present sittings of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh granted her bail on her own bond of €1,000.

Ms Perrin qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and was a sole practitioner from 1994 to 2009.

She specialised in conveyancing, litigation, family law and probate. She became a district court judge on 25 February 2009.

The investigation by the fraud squad had been ongoing since December 2009. A file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, which resulted in these charges being brought.

Mr and Mrs Davis are believed to be an elderly couple who were clients of Ms Perrin.

It is understood Judge Perrin has been off sick for several months and has not been hearing cases.