Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh has recused herself from a case involving St. Peter MP Asot Michael.
On Friday the Chief Magistrate said that, as requested by Michael and his legal team, she will be recusing herself from his case, Observer Radio reported.
Michael’s lawyer Hugh Marhsall Jr, in a letter dated September 14, 2020, asked Walsh to “immediately recuse yourself from these proceedings.” Antigua Breaking News (ABN) has obtained a copy of the letter.
The matter Marshall Jr referred to is Chuka Lewis v Asot Michael, which was adjourned to September 21, 2020.
Ahead of Monday’s hearing, Marshall Jr told Walsh “it is no longer appropriate for you now to continue to exercise any judicial function in this matter going forward.
Walsh issued a bench warrant for Michael last week even though he had a letter from his doctor showing that he was ill. Michael’s lawyer argues that the Chief Magistrate had no legal authority to issue the warrant under the circumstances.
In addition, he argues that “your actions undermine the necessary objective perception of the administration of justice as independent and untainted by bias whether conscious or unconscious bias.”
The proceedings will now continue on Monday with a different magistrate.