Judge appointed for Turks and Caicos inquiry trials

Term is for two years

Justice Paul T. Harrison was sworn in Tuesday by Acting Governor Patrick Boyle to be a Judge of the Supreme Court of Turks and Caicos Islands. Justice Harrison is a past president of the Jamaican Court of Appeal. 

A release from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Justice Harrison has been assigned by the chief justice to deal with criminal trials arising out of the Commission of Inquiry listed in Providenciales. A plea and directions hearing was scheduled for Wednesday. 

His previous experience outside Jamaica includes appointment to a Tribunal of Enquiry into alleged wrongdoing of commissioners in the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission in 2010. 

Called to the Bar in 1969 from Lincoln’s Inn, London, Justice Harrison was a Crown Counsel for five years before serving as magistrate and then judge. He is a member of the Privy Council for Jamaica. 

His swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale, formerly Chief Magistrate in the Cayman Islands. 

Paul Harrison

Justice Paul T. Harrison, centre, was sworn in by Acting Governor Patrick Boyle, in the presence of Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale. – Photo: Supplied