(CMR) After much public scrutiny and discussion regarding Justice Ingrid Mangatal's recent charges for DUI and careless driving the Chief Justice has placed her on leave and brought a replacement from overseas.
The following statement was issued for immediate release.:
In anticipation of the case involving Justice Ingrid Mangatal coming on for hearing next week Thursday, the Chief Justice, Hon. Anthony Smellie, has invited the Acting Governor, Hon. Franz Manderson, to appoint a magistrate from overseas to preside.
Acting Governor Manderson, on the advice of the Judicial and Legal services Commission, has agreed to the appointment of Senior Magistrate Juan Wolffe of Bermuda.
Senior Magistrate Wolffe is expected to arrive next week Tuesday to be sworn in on Wednesday and prepare for the hearing on Thursday.
In the meantime, Justice Mangatal continues as usual to perform the demanding duties of her office as Judge of the Grand Court. She will be on leave during the latter part of next week.