Embattled Magistrate Moore remains on suspension; to know fate soon

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Magistrate Alex Moore. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Magistrate Alex Moore appeared before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Thursday, March 05 with his Lawyer, Senior Counsel Rex McKay, where he was made to answer to eight allegations leveled against him.

Moore, who was suspended by the very JSC last year, is expected to reappear before the Commission next week, where he will know whether he will remain a Magistrate.

iNews understands that the Commission has not yet reached a decision and from all indications, Moore has justified most of his actions.

According to reports, Moore was accused by 47 – year – old Businesswoman, Seerojanie Singh of improper conduct during a hearing at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on November 12, 2014.

The woman had written to the Chancellor of the Judiciary (Ag), Justice Carl Singh over the “torment” she claimed to have endured at the hands of Magistrate Moore.

He is also accused of being absent from duties and failure to inform the Chancellor of the Judiciary of his absence, among other things.

iNews however understands that Moore has justified his absence by stating that he was on medical leave since he had fractured his right hand. He claimed that his immediate supervisor, Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry was informed of this.

Magistrate Moore was also hauled before the JSC for cases he dismissed while dealing with matters at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court.

It has been over 90 days since Moore has been suspended. Rule 80 of the Commission’s rule specifies that if no inquiry is held within 60 days, then the Magistrate can return to work.

The JSC’s Rule 80, sub rule six, specifies that in such an event the suspension is deemed to have been set aside; the effect being as if the suspension had never taken place.

Moore remains on suspension with full pay.