Justice Ingrid Mangatal has been appointed as a new full-time Grand Court judge, Governor Helen Kilpatrick announced this week.
The appointment follows a local and overseas recruitment process by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission through July and August. Five people were short-listed for the position, according to a statement released by the Governor’s Office on Wednesday.
Justice Mangatal’s appointment begins on Jan. 1, 2015.
She previously served in the Cayman Islands Grand Court in a temporary capacity from January to March 2009, and again in September and October this year.
“I am confident that Justice Mangatal’s breadth of knowledge, skills and experience in both civil and criminal matters will prove to be invaluable to the Cayman Islands judiciary and the people as a whole,” said Governor Kilpatrick. “I look forward to formally welcoming her back to the Cayman Islands …”
Justice Mangatal is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica. She was called to the Bar in 1987 and started practice in Kingston as an associate in the litigation department of Perkins Tomlinson Grant Stewart & Co. She became an associate and subsequently partner in the law firm Dunn Cox Orrett & Ashenheim, now Dunn Cox, and specialized in commercial and civil litigation.
In 2000 she was appointed as resident magistrate and thereafter as senior assistant attorney general and director of litigation in the Attorney General’s Department, where she was in charge of civil litigation brought against the Jamaican government.
During her time at the Attorney General’s Department, Justice Mangatal handled a wide range of public law cases, including judicial review and constitutional matters.
She served on the Supreme Court bench in Jamaica from 2003 to 2014 and has presided over both criminal and civil courts. Between 2011 and 2013, she served as a judge in Jamaica’s Commercial Court, handling complex commercial and financial matters.
Justice Mangatal acted as an appellate judge in Jamaica’s Court of Appeal from January to September 2014.