Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh’s Disciplinary Hearing Concludes with New Charges


The disciplinary hearing concerning Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh has concluded with unexpected developments.

The proceedings, which started on September 4, wrapped up in just a few days but saw the addition of five new charges alongside the existing ones.

Chief Magistrate Walsh, in her role for 12 years, had been suspended with full pay by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) on July 20, following the issuance of at least 10 disciplinary charges on July 12.

These charges initially included allegations of failing to transmit funds to the government treasury and destroying important documents and government property.

Details of the new charges remain unclear.

Next, the parties involved will present written arguments, and the tribunal will render its decision.

The JLSC had been investigating Chief Magistrate Walsh for months after allegations of misconduct were raised by the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

Despite Walsh’s efforts to halt the proceedings, citing an unlawful suspension and abuse of process, Judge Jan Drysdale denied her request for interim relief on September 4.

The disciplinary hearing, overseen by a panel of judges, then commenced with Chief Magistrate Walsh represented by a legal team.

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  1. You are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty under law, of a Democratic Sovereign State. As per her suspension with pay: She as any other domicile Civil Servants and all or any accused so domicile while in Lawful Employment, is thus accorded the same principle of law. The burden of proof at the conclusion of the investigation is borne by the prosecution; and upon the preponderance of the evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.


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