Acting judge ordered to return to Magistrate’s Court
After acting as a Supreme Court judge for two years, Andrew Forbes has been ordered to return to his post as deputy chief magistrate effective June 3.
Forbes still has several outstanding judgments that will likely be delivered by his successor, Justice Ruth Bowe-Darville, who was sworn in on May 30.
Forbes acted as chief magistrate when Joyann Ferguson-Pratt received an acting appointment to the Supreme Court bench in 2016. They both returned to their substantive positions months later after Ferguson-Pratt was not confirmed as a judge.
Forbes, however, has been acting as a Supreme Court judge since 2017.
At the opening of the Legal Year, Bar Association President Khalil Parker spoke about the “deleterious effect” of acting judicial appointments.
Parker said, “As a Bar we have been at pains to demonstrate to the public why it is that the proliferation of acting judicial appointments has a deleterious effect on both the perceived and the actual independence of the judiciary, which compromises its ability to function as a check and balance against the other two branches of our government.”
Senior Justice Vera Watkins has been acting as chief justice since August 2018.