(CMR) Jamaica's first Public Defender Queen's Counsel Howard Hamilton, who also practiced law in the Cayman Islands, has died. Hamilton (85) died on Friday of natural causes.
QC Hamilton had been an attorney for over sixty years after he was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s.
In 2001, Hamilton was appointed as Jamaica’s first Public Defender. He was well known for his defense of human rights.
He was featured in several high-profile cases in Jamaica and across the region. He practiced law in Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Grenada, St Kitts, and Turks and Caicos.
He’s also known for his defense of Marxist revolutionary Bernard Coard, Nation Wide News reported. Coard was implicated in the infamous Grenadian revolution and was convicted for the murder of several Grenadians, including Maurice Bishop.
For several decades, Mr. Hamilton was ranked as among Jamaica and the region’s most distinguished attorneys.