V.I. Superior Court appoints new magistrate judge
Published: September 18, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - A second new magistrate judge - as yet unnamed - is expected to be appointed in the near future to join newly hired Magistrate Henry Carr in the St. Thomas-St. John District, according to V.I. Superior Court officials.
The Superior Court judges hired Carr last month, and are expected to hire another in the near future, according to V.I. Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston.
Carr and the new magistrate will be the first new magistrate judges since the Superior Court chose the first four in the territory four-and-a-half years ago.
At the time, the Magistrate Division had just been approved. The Superior Court announced that four magistrate judge positions would exist, two in the St. Thomas-St. John District, and two in the St. Croix District.
In the past and most recent appointments, the court first took in applications, conducted background checks and had a selection panel review the applicants.
The panel, which consisted of community members and attorneys, made a recommendation to the Superior Court judges. The judges then voted, and, based on the vote and the panel's recommendation, the Superior Court presiding judge made an appointment, or several.
Four years ago, when the first magistrates were appointed in the territory, the magistrate judges included Magistrate Jessica Gallivan and Magistrate Miguel Camacho, who both were reappointed in July to the St. Croix District by V.I. Superior Court Presiding Judge Darryl Donohue Sr.
Magistrate Kathleen Mackay and Magistrate Alan Smith represented the St. Thomas-St. John District. However, Mackay moved up to become a Superior Court judge in late July while her counterpart, Smith, retired at about the same time.
Two vacancies were created, and the Superior Court advertised the openings with salaries of $129,200 plus fringe benefits.
Carr's career includes his role as the senior staff attorney for the V.I. Port Authority. He received his law degree at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.
Carr did not return calls for comment this week.
The other new magistrate has not yet been named, though an unofficial selection has been made, according to Dunston.
- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.