Her Excellency the Governor, Helen Kilpatrick, CB is pleased to announce the appointment
of Justice Ingrid Mangatal as Cayman’s newest full-time Grand Court Judge.
Throughout July and August, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission carried out an open
recruitment process advertising the post locally and overseas. Following a short-listing
process, an interview panel interviewed five persons for this post; ultimately recommending
Justice Mangatal as the successful candidate. Her Excellency accepted the recommendation
and Justice Mangatal’s appointment begins on 1 January, 2015.
Justice Mangatal is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and of the Norman
Manley Law School, Kingston, Jamaica. She was called to the bar in 1987 and started
practice in Kingston as an associate in the litigation department of the law firm Perkins
Tomlinson Grant Stewart & Co. She thereafter became an associate and subsequently
partner in the law firm Dunn Cox Orrett & Ashenheim, now Dunn Cox. Justice Mangatal
specialized in commercial and civil litigation.
Entering the public service 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
Government of Jamaica. Whilst at the Attorney General’s Department, Justice Mangatal
handled a wide range of public law cases, including judicial review and constitutional
Justice Mangatal has 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 most recently acted from January to September 2014 as an appellate judge
in Jamaica’s Court of Appeal and from September to October 2014 as a judge in the Cayman
Islands Grand Court; a position she also acted in from January to March 2009.
“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 Her Excellency Helen Kilpatrick, CB. “I look forward to formally
welcoming her back to the Cayman Islands, this time in her full-time position, in the New
Year” she continued.