Thursday, August 24, 2017

Letter to the Editor



Dear Sir,
Re: In Support of Women
I have just read a three-page article in last week’s issue of The Anguillian Newspaper.  It was so distressing to read that I feel compelled to respond.  My concern is that it may cause immeasurable damage to the minds of our young boys and, especially, girls.  They may read these views and mistakenly believe them to be valid.
It states, “Women were flaunting themselves and becoming serious distractions from worship.  Their actions revealed that the intent of their heart was evil.”  And, then, it cites Paul’s misogynistic words, “Let a woman learn in silence and all submission.  And, I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.”  And, then, Corinthians, “But, I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of every woman, and God is the head of Christ.”
The article accepts all of this special pleading for male dominance and female subservience without question.  It deduces that “One of the designs of creation, as well as one of the primary consequences of the Fall, was the submission of women.”  And, later, “Men are to lead in love; women are to submit in love.  That is God’s design.”  This perverse teaching must be rejected by all right-thinking persons.
Jesus had women disciples.  Mary Magdalene was the first witness to the Resurrection.  Apostle means sent as a witness to the resurrection.  So Mary was the first apostle.  Jesus did not discriminate against women, as some of his followers do.  Discrimination against women is a cultural feature, not a religious feature of Christianity.  In Christ there is no male or female, slave or free.  The differences between human beings are less important than the fact of baptism into Christ.  St Paul’s words against female leadership are a function of the male-dominant culture he operated in, not a precept of the New Testament brought by Jesus.  We see that many of the women clergy and bishops we have in parts of the church today are better than the men.
Besides, it is a matter of simple justice.  We have set aside many of the more bizarre beliefs of Christians of long ago.  From the third century, Dionysius, Bishop of Alexandria, prohibited menstruating women from participating in the sacrament.  Protestant leaders kept the restriction for ceremonial parts of the church service until the 1950s.  Today, we have all forgotten that the menstrual period was an issue on which all church leaders were agreed for almost 1,700 years.
In the past, the church has got many things wrong.  For 1,800 years it accepted slavery.  Priests and bishops taught slaves to accept their position and not resist.  They quoted the Bible in support of slavery.  Priests and bishops personally owned slaves.  We need to learn from these errors of the past, and treat all people fairly and equally.  Is the fear that the church will be better led when male bishops are replaced by women? 
Personally, I would rather trust a little child to the care of a woman pastor or bishop than a male one any day.
Sincerely,

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Curriculum Vitae Ultra


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), 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 Leon Royden and Alan 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 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, a young person’s self-improvement organisation in Basseterre, St Kitts

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

Volunteer and 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 Caribbean family planning associations 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 the 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

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 Archivist

Acting High Court Judge, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Acting High Court Judge, Saint Lucia

Served as a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in all of the nine states and territories of the Court:  The Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, St Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada

Appointed as 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

Served as a 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 the Governor General of St Kitts and Nevis

Director of the Anguilla Legal Aid Clinic providing 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 Legal Practitioners in the Caribbean:
Publications

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1996


 

1997-2013


1998
 

2000

 

2006


2007
 


2011

 

2011

















2016

































 
 





2017
March 31
 


Various










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

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:

also

A series of textbooks for CAPE Law, 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



 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 I was 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 its contents):

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 my mother, Muriel Agnes Schleifer, formerly Mitchell, born Owen:

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):

Dated 1 August 2017