Thursday, January 11, 2018

Curriculum Vitae Ultima


Justice Don Mitchell (Retd)

Curriculum Vitae Ultima

Birth
Born “Ian Donaldson Mitchell” on 15 August 1946, at Basseterre, St Kitts, to Arthur Donaldson Mitchell, civil servant, of Basseterre, St Kitts, deceased, and Murielle Agnes Mitchell nee Owen of Molyneux, St Kitts, deceased
Marital status
Married to Margaret Mary Mitchell, BA Hons (Lond), FRGS, nee McCarthy, formerly of Bristol, England
Citizenships
British Overseas Territories Citizen by naturalisation in Anguilla
Belonger of Anguilla by virtue of section 4(3) of the Anguilla Constitution Order, 1982
British Citizen by law
St Kitts-Nevis Citizen by birth
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Citizen by inheritance from his father
Grenada Citizen by inheritance from his father
Address
Owen Lane, PO Box 83, North Hill, Anguilla
Education
Primary School - Mrs McCarthy’s Primary School, Woodford Lodge, Chaguanas, Trinidad
Secondary School - Abbey School, Mt St Benedict, Tunapuna, Trinidad
A-Levels - Becket College, St Mary at Hill, London
Degree of the Utter Bar – Hon Society of the Inner Temple, 1968-1971
Pupillage
1 August 1971 to 28 February 1972

At the Chambers of Frank Henville QC, Basseterre, St Kitts, deceased
Calls to the Bar

22 July 1971



27 Sept 1971


11 February 1981


18 October 1996


Bar of England and Wales - at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London


Bar of St Kitts-Nevis - at the High Court, Basseterre, St Kitts


Bar of Anguilla - at the High Court, The Valley, Anguilla



The Inner Bar - at the High Court, The Valley, Anguilla
Professional
1971-1976



1981-1999


1999

Sole practitioner at Chambers rented from the estate of the late Sir Geoffrey Boone, MC, QC, Bank Street, Basseterre


Senior Partner in the firm of Mitchell’s Chambers, The Valley, Anguilla, acting as solicitor and counsel in over 400 High Court and Court of Appeal cases

Retired from the private practice of law
Pro-Bono Legal Services to the Community

1973



1978



1978

 
1981


1982

1983


1990


 1993

 1993


1998



Helped to establish the Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation, an umbrella organisation of Caribbean FPAs, subsequently registered it in Anguilla in 1985 as a not for profit corporation, and acted as its legal adviser until retirement from private practice in 1999

Helped to establish the Anguilla Family Planning Association as an unregistered body, later registered it as a Friendly Society, and acted as its legal adviser until retirement

Founding member of the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society, and subsequently registered it as a not-for-profit corporation in 1988, and acted as legal adviser until retirement

Registered the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association Ltd at the request of hoteliers Leon Royden and Jeremiah Gumbs as a not-for-profit corporation, and acted as its legal adviser for several years

Registered the Friends of the Methodist Pre-School Society as a Friendly Society, and acted as its legal adviser until retirement

Registered the Anguilla Chamber of Commerce as a not-for-profit corporation, and acted as its legal adviser for several years

Registered the Anguilla Marine Heritage Society  as a not-for-profit corporation at the request of Evan Owen, and acted as its legal adviser for several years

Registered the Princess Alexandra Hospital Auxiliary as a Friendly Society, and acted as its legal adviser for several years

Appointed upon its formation legal adviser to the Anguilla National Trust, a statutory corporation with historical and environmental objectives, and acted as its legal adviser until retirement

Registered the Caribbean Institute of Perinatology, a regional medical charitable body, as a not-for-profit corporation, and acted as its legal adviser until retirement
Other non-legal Community Service and Awards

1972-1976



1972-1976

1975 – 1999


1978 - present


 1980-1989





1983

1983-1999

1986-1999



1988

 1988-1999


1989-1992



1991-1999


1991-1999

 1991- present


1993-1999
 
1994-1999


1995


1995-1999


2005
 
1990 - present

  

Member, and later President, of the St Kitts Jaycees, an international young person’s self-improvement organisation in Basseterre, St Kitts


Member, and later President, of the St Kitts-Nevis Family Planning Association

Volunteer and elected Member of the Board of the Caribbean Family Planning Association from its foundation until retirement

Founding member, (and later President, and Honorary Member) of the Anguilla Rotary Club, an international community service organisation

Elected by the family planning associations of the Caribbean to serve as a Board Member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (Western Hemisphere Region) Inc, a New York-based not-for-profit corporation which acts as an umbrella organisation for all the FPAs of the Americas

Past President, and Trustee Emeritus of the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society

Founding member, later President, of the Anguilla Bar Association

Member of the Fountain National Park Development Committee, appointed by Parliamentary Secretary, Rev John A Gumbs

Appointed a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International by the Anguilla Rotary Club in recognition of service to the community

Member of the Caribbean Conservation Association, a Barbados-based regional conservation organisation, subsequently serving as a member of its Board of Directors

Elected Honorary International Legal Counsel to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, a London-based umbrella organisation of all the world’s family planning associations

Founding member and long-time Board Member of the OECS Bar Association

Coach to the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School Literary and Debating Society, preparing students each year to compete in the Leeward Islands Debating Competition

Life member of the St Kitts Heritage Society, a conservation and historical society

Member of the Anguilla National Steering Committee for Money and Capital Markets of the ECCB, appointed by the Minister of Finance

President of the Anguilla Financial Services Association, which groups all lawyers, accountants and company management services in Anguilla

Appointed a Senator of Jaycees International for services to the Anguilla Jaycees, #54198

Member of the Marine Wrecks Committee, appointed by the Parliamentary Secretary to advise on the conservation of Anguilla’s underwater heritage

Appointed by Her Majesty as Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for legal services to Anguilla and the region

Life member of the Association of Caribbean Historians
Judicial Service


1976-1980


April-July, 1997

April-July, 1998
 

1 August 1999 to 30 Sept 2004



2011-2013



Magistrate of Anguilla; Registrar of the Supreme Court; Coroner; Registrar General of Births Deaths and Marriages; Registrar of Companies, Trade Marks, Patents, Co-operative Societies, Credit Unions, Friendly Societies, Newspapers, and Trades Unions; Secretary to the Medical Board; and Island Archivist

Acting High Court Judge, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Acting High Court Judge, Saint Lucia


Upon retirement from private practice, served as a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in all of the nine states and territories of the region served by the Court:  The Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, St Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada

Appointed to serve as an Acting Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, serving in all nine jurisdictions of the Court
Post-Judicial Service


2004-2009

2006-2015


2006-2007

2006


2006-2016



2007-2016


2009



2015-2017


2016- present


2016- present




Chair, Anguilla Public Service Integrity Board

Trained Mediator for the Court Administered Mediation Project

Chair, Constitutional and Electoral Reform Commission, appointed by the Governor in Council in Anguilla

Chair of the Angelus Board of Assessment appointed by Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Governor General of St Kitts and Nevis

Director of the Anguilla Legal Aid Clinic providing free legal aid services out of the offices of the Department of Social Development and Her Majesty’s Prison - With the assistance of members of the Anguilla Bar Association

Lecturer in CAPE Law at the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School, The Valley, Anguilla – With assistance from the members of the Anguilla Bar Association

Sole Commissioner to Inquire into the Antigua Public Utilities Authority, appointed by the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda:

Chair of the Anguilla Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee, appointed by Executive Council:

Member of the Board of the Anguilla Financial Services Commission

Chair of a Committee appointed by the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice to establish a Register of all private Legal Practitioners, members of the public bar, and judicial officers in the Caribbean:
Publications

1990








































































 1996



1997-2013


1998



2000


 2006



2007

 
2011


2011











 




2014



 

2016























 

 




2017
March 31





Various

2006 - 2010

1998 - present


2006 - present


Anguilla from the Archives, 1650-1776.  A history of the first settlers of Anguilla, in 18 Chapters (revised July 2017) as follows:


Chapter 1. Geology and Botany:

Chapter 2. The Amerindians:

Chapter 3. The Carib Raid:

Chapter 4. The First Generation:

Chapter 5. The Second Generation:

Chapter 6. War and the Settlers:

Chapter 7. The Leeward Islands (Part 1):

Chapter 7. The Leeward Islands (Part 2):

Chapter 8. Buccaneers and Pirates:

Chapter 9. The Lure of Crab:

Chapter 10. Crab Island Revisited (Part 1):

Chapter 10. Crab Island Revisited (Part 2):

Chapter 11. Cotton and Salt:

Chapter 12. The French Wars:

Chapter 13. Resettlement Plans:

Chapter 14. The Third and Fourth Generations (Part 1):
Chapter 14. The Third and Fourth Generations (Part 2):

Chapter 15. Settling St Croix:

Chapter 16. Government Arrives:

Chapter 17. The Council:

Chapter 18. Sugar Arrives (Part 1):

Chapter 18: Sugar Arrives (Part 2):

Origins: “Don Mitchell Travels through Time”, originally published in the magazine ‘Anguilla Life”:

Various judgments in the High Court and Court of Appeal:

Origins: “The State of Anguillla”, originally published in the magazine ‘Anguilla Life’:

Mitchell’s West Indian Bibliography: Non-fiction, English Language Books and Pamphlets – The First Five Hundred Years:

Delivered to Executive Council of Anguilla: Report of the Constitutional and Electoral Law Reform Commission:

For publication in the 40th Anniversary of the Anguilla Revolution Magazine Committee, titled, “Law and the Anguilla Revolution”:

Civics for Anguilla”, a part of a wider publication of the Anguilla National Trust titled “What Makes us Anguillian”: http://donmitchellcbeqc.blogspot.com/2011/02/civics-for-anguilla.html

A paper designed to be read to the delegates at the University of the West Indies ‘Anguilla Conference’ held at the National Bank of Anguilla Conference Room on 28 April 2011 on the circulation of a full-length paper with the title, “New Perspectives in Oppression: The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the West Indian Colonies in 2011” but which proved too lengthy to deliver orally.  The Blogger site where it is published requires that it be split into two parts:

Part 1:

and Part 2:

See also:


Letter to Ronald Webster on the Prerequisites for Independence, together with his Reply:


A series of textbooks for CAPE Law students, namely:
Unit 2 - Law of Tort for Anguilla:
Unit 2 - Law of Contract for Anguilla:
Unit 2 – Law of Real Property for Anguilla:
Unit 1 – Caribbean Legal Systems for Anguilla:
Unit 1 – Principles of Public Law for Anguilla:
Unit 1 – Criminal Law for Anguilla:
Unit 2 – Law of Contract for Grenada (with Jasmin Redhead)
Unit 2 - Law of Tort for Grenada (with Jasmin Redhead)
Unit 2 – Law of Real Property for Grenada (with Jasmin Redhead)

Delivered to the Executive Council of Anguilla: Report of the Constitutional and Electoral Law Reform Committee:





Corruption-free Anguilla Blog:

Don Mitchell’s Published Papers Blog:

Abbey School, Mount St Benedict Blogs, being a weekly publication of Ladislao Kertesz’s Circulars for the alumni, over the years 2001-2017:
Speeches and presentations


8 July 2002


 18 February 2004


 
10 July 2004




13 March 2006



 
6 June 2006



 
15 March 2007



 
13 March 2008



16 June 2010



28 October 2010



18 March 2011




6 April 2011



28 April 2011


 


17 November 2011



4 January 2013

14 May 2014



12 September 2014




10 August 2015





3 October 2015


 
6 April 2016



 
21 May 2016

 
16 September 2016




2 December 2016




27 February 2017




12 May 2017





To the Magistrates’ Orientation Programme held in Antigua, and titled “Fact Finding”:

To the Attorneys General of the United Kingdom and the British Overseas Territories, at Peter Island in the Virgin Islands, while temporarily assigned to the High Court in Tortola, and titled “Hallowed Ground”:

To the participants at the 11th meeting of the Caribbean Association of Law Librarians in Nassau, Bahamas on 10 July, 2004, titled “Recent Developments in Caricom Law” on the coming into effect of the CSME:

At an Ethics and Integrity in Government Workshop, held in Antigua, March 13th–15th, 2006, with participation from Anguilla and other BOTs in the Caribbean, and titled “Ethics and Integrity in the Government of Anguilla”:

The 6th Annual Social Security “Walter G Hodge Memorial Anguilla Day Lecture”, delivered at the House of Chandeliers, South Hill, Anguilla, on 6 June, 2006, titled:  “Constitutional and Electoral Reform: The Situation So Far”:

To the Judiciary and members of the Bar at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre, Perry Bay, Antigua, on Thursday 15 March 2007, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, titled:  “40 Years of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court – A Personal History”:

To the Anguilla National Youth Council, titled:  “A Constitutional History of Anguilla”:

To the AGM of the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society, titled:  “Place-names of Anguilla”:

To the Antigua and Barbuda Bar Association, at the Court House in St John’s in Antigua, titled:  “Oral Examination and the Judgment Summons”:

To the Youth Group of the Church of God (Holiness) at Pope Hill in Anguilla, titled: “The Role of Cultural Identity in Anguilla’s National Development” (and which caused some of the “youth” to walk out of the Church Hall in protest at the contents of the speech):

A presentation to the Offshore Alert Conference in Miami on 6 April 2011, made at the invitation of David Marchant of Offshore Alert, and titled, “Compulsory Acquisition of Land in the Eastern Caribbean”:

An oral presentation titled “Beyond Walls” made to the delegates at the University of the West Indies ‘Anguilla Conference’ held at the National Bank of Anguilla Conference Room on 28 April 2011 on the circulation of a full-length paper with the title, “New Perspectives in Oppression: The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the West Indian Colonies in 2011” which proved too lengthy to read:

To a Judges’ Colloquium on Gender and the Law, held in Castries, St Lucia, titled “Sexual Harassment”.

Eulogy at the Memorial Service of his mother, Muriel Agnes Schleifer, formerly Mitchell, born Owen:

Letter to James Ronald Webster on independence for Anguilla, and his reply

A presentation at an OECS Bar Association Panel Discussion held during the 11th Regional Law Conference in Anguilla, titled “Election-related Litigation in the OECS: Withstanding Interlocutory Strike-out Applications”:

A presentation made to local, regional and international parliamentarians at a post-general elections seminar held on Monday 10 August 2015 at La Vue Hotel Conference Room, South Hill, Anguilla, titled “Government, Parliament and the Judiciary”:

A paper read at the ‘Island Dynamics Conference’ at the University of Greenland in Nuuk on the theme, ‘Indigenous Resources: Decolonisation and Development’, and titled “A Corrupting Independence”:

To the Public Accounts Committee Workshop held at the House of Assembly on the topic, “Engaging  Civil Society Organisations in the Work of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly of Anguilla – Proposals by the Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee for Reform”:

To the Anguilla Literary Festival meeting at CuisinArt Hotel in Anguilla, titled:  “What Value Myth over History”:

To the OECS Bar Association’s Annual Law Fair and Conference, held at the Sandals Grande Hotel in St Lucia, titled “Financial Regulatory Issues Affecting the Commonwealth Caribbean”:

To the Continuing Legal Education Seminar of the OECS Bar Council Meeting in Anguilla, at the CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa, titled “What are the Most Important Issues for Constitutional Reform Today?  A Personal View”:

To the Judges and legal practitioners of the Eastern Caribbean assembled at the Sandals Grande Hotel in Antigua to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, titled:  “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future: The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court at Fifty, 1967-2017”:

To the Anguilla High Court Judge, and members of the Anguilla Bar Association, titled: “Anguilla’s Judicial System, 1650-2017” (event cancelled, speech circulated by email):

Revised January 12, 2018