Mr. Justice Paul Harrison, the former judge in the ongoing corruption case in the Turks and Caicos Islands, was hailed as a man of integrity by this country’s Chief Justice Mabel Agyemang, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Eugene Otuonye, QC, and lead prosecutor in the case, Queen’s Counsel Andrew Mitchell.
Chief Justice Agyemang said Judge Harrison, who passed away in his native Jamaica on Sunday, February, 7th, 2021, after a short illness, “will be remembered with affection and respect”.
She said the 85-year-old judge, a former President of the Jamaica Court of Appeal, who was appointed to the Turks and Caicos Islands Supreme Court on July 10th, 2012 to try the case against former premier Michael Misick and others, was chosen because of his “hard work and proven integrity”.
The Chief Justice added: “He gave of his best to the Judiciary of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the 8 years that he presided over that trial.”
She said a special court sitting will be announced in his memory in due course.
A joint statement from Otuonye and Mitchell also extended their condolences to Judge Harrison’s family, in particular to his widow Doreen, who “supported him through recent years in his dedication and tireless work and effort” in his last case in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The statement said Judge Harrison was “an immensely wise, patient and focused jurist whose legal rulings will no doubt be of guidance and assistance to the judiciary for years to come”.
“No lawyer who appeared before Mr Justice Harrison could fail to have recognised his inexhaustible patience, kindness, compassion, and concern for all involved in the process. A man of gargantuan integrity and moral fibre,” the statement from Mitchell and Otuonye added.
Jamaica’s Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen expressed shock and sadness at the sudden passing of Justice Paul Harrison.
Sir Patrick described Justice Harrison as a “dignified, quiet, tireless, dedicated and hardworking” judge who made an invaluable contribution to the legal system in Jamaica.
Sir Patrick said that fairness, balance, and the rule of law were Harrison’s guiding legal principles.
Chief Justice of Jamaica Mr Justice Bryan Sykes, said Justice Harrison’s skills as a trial judge, his judge craft and court management were unmatched.