Magistrate Moore to appear before JSC on Thursday

Magistrate Alex Moore.

[] – Controversial Magistrate, Alex Moore will know his fate on Thursday, March 05 when he appears before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to respond to allegations of inappropriate behavior which led to his suspension.

Moore was suspended by the JSC following allegations by an East Coast Demerara businesswoman. Thursday’s hearing is scheduled for 15:00 hrs, and Moore is being represented by Senior Counsel, Rex McKay.

It has been over three months since Moore was suspended by the JSC and according to the commission’s rule 80, sub rule six, when the 60 days period has passed in a matter regarding a suspended Magistrate, no inquiry can be held and the Magistrate should be allowed to return to work.

Moore’s suspension is well past the 60 days period, which means that based on the JSC’s rule, he is not obligated to answer to the JSC and should be reassigned a court. Had the JSC set up an inquiry into the matter before the 60 days period, then Moore would have been forced to answer to the allegations, but it is unclear what will take place on Thursday.

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.

The woman deemed the Magistrate’s behavior as shocking and unheard of in a court of law. She also claimed that the Magistrate was disrespectful towards her in a packed courtroom and this promoted her to report the matter to the Legal Affairs Minister, the Ombudsman and Chancellor of the Judiciary. [Tracey Khan – Drakes]