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Jun 4, 2015

Magistrate Suspended from Bench in Corozal Court

Marcel Cardona

There is no doubt a shortage of magistrates and just on the brink of that situation, a magistrate was suspended from duty for one month effective this past Tuesday. While shortage would raise eyebrows, as far as we know the suspension of a magistrate is big news and we could not find another similar case in our records. The directive to suspend, we are told, was circulated in a memorandum to all magistrates recently. Now, the said magistrate, Hurl Hamilton, was removed from his official duties for alleged irregularity in the discharge of his functions. There is a known incident that occurred two years ago when he was sitting in the Belmopan court. It involves the case of a woman with whom he was having a relationship and he was instructed to recuse himself, but he refused to do so. The female took her husband to court for maintenance and reduction and variation of access to their child. The court later found out that in the absence of any of the parties involved, the magistrate took the case and gave varied orders.   When the matter was brought to the attention of the court, intervention was made. After numerous complaints the Judicial and Legal Services Commission recommended his suspension. On Tuesday, that recommendation was effected. While the magistrate has been suspended for one month, a well known attorney will also not be practicing for one year. On Wednesday, the General Legal Council recommended to suspend Attorney Marcel Cardona because of a claim made against him by a client, whose son he was representing. That client claims that she gave Cardona is excess of twenty-seven thousand dollars to pay off a magistrate to secure bail for her son. But after checks, the woman claim that Cardona did not use the money and refused to return the money.

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4 Responses for “Magistrate Suspended from Bench in Corozal Court”

  1. Roy says:

    LOL!!! Just as I was saying in the case of Shadir Marin, justice does have a price in this country but unfortunately most of us normal Belizeans cannot pay the price. Unless of course you are a politically connected criminal… take for example most of the well known street figures tend to hire attorney’s that we deem or is commanly known to be affiliated with one of the 2 major political parties. More often than not these well known street figures get off on a ”technicality” due to judicial ineptness or to be perfectly blunt the purchase of ”justice”. I won’t kick the system though because it gives me hope in that if I ever need to kill someone I know I can pay my way to freedom for about or around in excess of twenty seven thousand dollars. What a great country we live in!

  2. Al says:

    Does the husband know that he can sue this magistrate big time for having an affair with his wife? This needs to start happening, and as how they have proved, in court, that he was having the affair, he can win.

  3. Timber says:

    It’s bad enough that we have a great shortage and incompetent magistrates and judges all the way to the high court, It’s bad enough that many of them hasn’t even had the education to be lawyers and only return with legal certificates, which Belize for some reason accepts, now this. It’s good that this has come out in the open as we supposedly search and seek “transparency and accountability” in Belize. So, it’s a sad day when we read this about messeres Hamilton and Cardona. I understand that Mr. Hamilton was warned about this is private due to his relationship with the woman in question. He should have automatically recused himself so he wasn’t accused of anything, even if he thought he could have passed judgement impartially. As to Cardona, his situation is so agregious that he should be disbarred, Then, however, we would have been disbarring 99% of the attorneys in Belize, including your mayor. Oh, I have the scoop o him but I’m waiting for his so arrogant and sure ride to political victory. Ernest Staine wasn’t disbarred and I have been blogging about him over a year and a half, before he even got caught by the foreigner recently. You know why he hasn’t? I’ve said it before. He has some serious dirt on Dean and Denys. I’m a younger person than most of you but with older parents. Some of you with parents in their late sixties and seventies need to ask them why Ernest queitly left Barrow and Williams and neither Dean, Denys, nor Rodwell said anything. Rodwell might be even too young. I’m pretty sure he knows though. They wouldn’t want to ruffle Ernest feathers. I hope that Belizeans focus on the seriousness of the issue with these two attorneys and not their personal lives, especially that of Mr. Hamilton, Yes, he made a mistake, especially since he’s not divorced. However, his estranged wife was no saint either. He just didn’t know but I do. Hmmmmm. When we start going after these lawyers for transparency, let’s start with the powerful head of one department in gvernment whose portfolio starts with an “F” and ends with an “E’ and ask why a certain attorney is so gung ho and attacks him frequently. Ahhh, if only those Maya Airways planes and that little hotel down South could talk a few years ago. It was not only that attorney on the trips that would meet up with that minister, there was also a friend. Let’s talk about transparency and how the last contracted boss of Family Court whose initials are “MN” kept the job and got the contract renenwed a couple of times, besides going behind coworkers backs to ministry and stab them in their backs. Ask the relationship between “MN” and now boss of Family Court and how cases were discussed. Hmmmmm. If only you all would know. So, if we’re going to persecute attorneys Hamilton and Cardona, let’s do so across the board and start going after a lot of these crooked attorneys who take people’s money and do absolutely nothing. I had blogged last year about a case where the mayor represented a couple people, including one in particular where the bill was $3000 for two days and that person wound up getting his own results of the case and still hasn’t gotten a transcript from the mayor. By the way, his deliverance in court was horrible. I hope his skills have gotten better. I digress.

  4. Timber says:

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