Hewitt bankruptcy hearing adjourned till June 2

Grand Court Justice Ingrid Mangatal on Thursday morning continued bankruptcy proceedings by Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs Tara Rivers against John Gordon Hewitt – and wife Velma Powery-Hewitt – until Thursday June 2.

Meeting at 10 a.m. in the judge’s chambers, the West Bay couple and counsel for Ms. Rivers, Paul Keeble of Hampson and Company, ultimately adjourned the session for seven weeks.

While none of the parties to the action would comment, the cause arises from a Jan. 29 petition in which Ms. Rivers asked the court to enforce a March 15, 2015, decision by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie to hold the Hewitts responsible for Ms. Rivers $138,666.79 Grand Court costs, incurred defending against a constitutional challenge to her eligibility for May 22, 2013, elections.

The petition asked the Grand Court to find Mr. Hewitt bankrupt after he failed to answer Justice Smellie’s decision, and set a hearing for April 14 in the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court.