Courts hold moment of silence for Neville Levy

Attorney and former teacher died on Nov. 11

The Grand Court paused twice on Friday to pay tribute to attorney Neville Levy, who died on Nov. 11 in his native Jamaica.

Justice Charles Quin began the morning session by acknowledging with sadness Mr. Levy’s passing. Numerous attorneys and members of the court staff attended.

Justice Quin noted that Mr. Levy, who was born in St. Elizabeth in 1940, first served a teacher at the Cayman Islands High School before leaving to studying law. On his return, he worked in the office of the Clerk of Court before going into private practice in 1980.

He shared an office with Queen’s Counsel Ramon Alberga upstairs in the A. L. Thompson building across from the post office. He later had his own building further up Shedden Road.

Justice Quin said Mr. Levy was known to work tirelessly for all of his clients. “He could be a robust advocate, but he did not take battles out of the courtroom,” the judge commented.

He said Mr. Levy was always aware of his duties as an officer of the court and was held in high regard by all of the judges.

Mr. Levy faced his illness with great courage, Justice Quin said. He asked for a moment of silence before beginning the court list for the day.

On Friday afternoon, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie presided over a special sitting at which four attorneys were admitted to the Inner Bar as Queen’s Counsel. Before proceedings began, the Chief Justice also spoke of Mr. Levy’s legal career. He referred especially to the amount of pro bono work Mr. Levy undertook. He asked everyone to observe a moment of silence before the ceremony began.