Jamaica: Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness paid tribute to former judge & President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Paul Harrison.
In his statement, Prime Minister said,” I am saddened to learn of the passing of one of Jamaica’s outstanding judges and former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Paul Harrison.”
Justice Harrison, who died yesterday, gave distinguished service to Jamaica, in a critical arm of the state, the judiciary, and the legal profession for more than 45 years. He was President of the Court of Appeal from 2005-2007.
“Justice Harrison was always meticulous about his job. He exuded a sense of pride and passion for the profession which will not be forgotten.” PM Holness noted.
He further said,” He has made an invaluable contribution to the legal system in Jamaica, and even after retirement, answered the call to serve on Commissions.”
In conclusion, he says,” I extend condolences to the family, friends, and members of the judiciary and legal profession on the passing of Justice Harrison. May his soul Rest In Peace.”
Apart from Prime Minister, many other notable people react to this big loss.
Chief Justice Bryan Sykes said,” Justice Harrison, by virtue of his integrity, both as a person and judge, contributed significantly in establishing the high reputation for independence of thought and rigour in judicial decision making that our Judiciary enjoys today.”
“Many of the judges of this court remember him making presentations at several judicial seminars, assisting younger colleagues, and guiding magistrates and clerks of court in honing their craft. He did so in his smooth, unruffled manner, which was his trademark on and off the bench. Justice Harrison was always measured in his speech and even-tempered and polite in his approach,” Justice Brooks said.
Harrison has, over the last eight years, presided over the trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Michael Misick.