Judge appears in court; matter adjourned

The court matter involving a driving-under-the-influence charge against Justice Kevin Ramcharan has been adjourned to July.

Ramcharan appeared in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Sixth Court Monday morning to answer the charge after allegedly failing a breathalyser test in Maraval Saturday night.

When he appeared by Magistrate Duane Murray, the charge was not read as the police prosecutor made an application to amend the charge.

Attorney Keith Scotland, who represented Ramcharan in court today, told the Magistrate that Ramcharan's lead attorney, Gilbert Petersen S.C, was out of the country and would want to make a submission on the request made by the police prosecutor.

The matter was then adjourned.

Officers of the St Clair Police Station arrested and charged High Court Judge Kevin Ramcharan at around 11 pm on Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol after his red Land Rover SUV crashed into another vehicle at Saddle Road, Maraval.

The judge was administered a breathalyser test and found to be over the legal limit, police said.

He was granted bail in the sum of $15,000 at the St Clair Police Station yesterday morning by Justice of the Peace Oliver Boodhu and will appear in the Sixth Magistrates Court today along with other drivers charged for driving under the influence.

The 43-year-old judge took to Twitter after the incident posting “Have to take stock of my life and the foolishness I am doing.”

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