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Judge Horace Mitchell dies from COVID-19

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes
 
COVID-19 has claimed the life of another parish court judge. 
 
Horace Mitchell, who was assigned to the St. Elizabeth Parish Court, died at the Mandeville Regional Hospital on Thursday morning.
 
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn confirmed Mr. Mitchell's death during the opening of the Home Circuit Court for the Michaelmas Term.
 
Mr. Mitchell's death comes nearly a month after the passing of senior parish judge for St. Ann, Stanley Clarke.
 
In paying tribute, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes said Mr. Mitchell was a "very experienced and dedicated public servant," as was Mr. Clarke.
 
He said the "loss of both gentlemen is a severe loss to the judiciary" and offered condolences to their families and friends. 
 
Thursday's sitting of the St. Elizabeth Parish Court was adjourned following the passing of Judge Mitchell.
 
Grief counselling is being provided to staff.
 
 


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