(CMR) Grand Court Justice Ingrid Mangatal will be leaving her post as a Grand Court judge just after five years in the position.
Justice Ingrid Mangatal was appointed to the Cayman Islands Grand Court on 1 January 2015 by former Governor Helen Kilpatrick following a recommendation by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. “Justice Mangatal impressed the JLSC at her interview and it was an honor to recruit her to the judiciary of the Cayman Islands. Throughout her tenure on the Grand Court she has served with competence and fairness using her breadth of knowledge of and experience in the law in both the criminal and civil courts” said Ormond Williams, Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. “She will be dearly missed and we wish her continued success” he continued.
At the time of her appointment Justice Mangatal had been serving as an Acting Judge of Appeal in Jamaica since 2014; prior to which she served as a Puisne Judge in Jamaica from 2003-2013 presiding in both criminal and civil courts. Justice Mangatal presided over matters in Jamaica's Commercial Division between 2011-2013. Justice Mangatal also served as a Resident Magistrate in Jamaica for just over a year. Prior to her elevation to the Bench, Justice Mangatal served as Senior Assistant Attorney General for two years and worked in private practice in civil litigation, both in Jamaica. “Since being appointed to the Bench in Cayman Justice Mangatal has presided over a large caseload, primarily those of a complex and specialised nature in the Financial Services Division” said Honourable Chief Justice Anthony Smellie. “The judiciary is thankful for her dedication and efforts during her time in Cayman” he continued.
“The Cayman Islands has been privileged to have a judge of Justice Mangatal’s calibre serving as a member of our judiciary” His Excellency the Governor Martyn Roper said. “Her work over the past five years has assisted with improving our jurisdictional reputation and legal precedence. We wish her all of the best in her future endeavours”CJ Anthony Smellie
Mangatal made local news when in 2017 she was arrested for driving whilst under the influence. She was placed on leave by the Chief Justice some months later after a public outcry. However, she received no real consequences for her actions and was soon permitted to return to the bench.