Monday, January 15, 2018

Is Anguilla Civilised?

An update to the brothel blog of a few days ago.
In addition to her photographs and the comments to them, Ms Soncini has published an article on brothels in Anguilla.  I invite you to read it by clicking on the link.  Then, click on the tab in the left-hand margin, “English Version of Published Article.”  It is very instructional.
Since I published my article on brothels in Anguilla, I have been getting feedback.  One Jamaican lady in the bank line with me this morning mentioned that Pam Webster brought up the matter of my article in some recent meeting of the House of Assembly.  According to the lady, Victor protested that (a) most of the article was not true;  and (b) he saw nothing wrong with prostitution, as it existed everywhere and at all times.  I don’t know, I did not hear the broadcast.
Of course, my article was not about prostitution.  It was about illegal brothels.  It is about the failure of the authorities to prosecute those involved in managing them and profiting from the business.  It is about the exploitation in brothels of these foreign victims by Anguillian men.
A couple of nights ago, Minister Cora Hodge, phoned me to express her concerns.  I learned that the Immigration Department has, in fact, carried out three raids on illegal brothels, not one, as a result of which several more women have been deported.  (It was very kind of her to take the time to respond to my concerns, something she definitely was not obliged to do.  I am very grateful to her.)
My response to the Minister was that her Ministry had very poor PR if there have been three raids in all.  I have never heard of any raids on houses of prostitution except for the one raid (which I got in writing from a senior police officer).  The other two raids must be very recent, maybe even subsequent to the publication of my article.  I urged her to have someone write and publish a press release explaining to the Anguillian public what the Ministry of Home Affairs has accomplished in dealing with the illegal brothel problem.  It is not acceptable to keep sweeping this matter under the carpet.
The Minister did not seem to realise that what is really sad about merely deporting the foreign girls is that the only persons who are made to suffer from the criminal activity of the men who run the brothels and live off the proceeds are the female victims themselves.  They are not treated as victims but as criminals and deported.  They are doubly punished for their poverty and helplessness.  The men, by contrast, only have to wait until the replacement girls arrive to continue their connivance at their exploitation.
Minister Hodge further advised that the Ministry has found a solution to the large numbers of these women and girls working in Anguilla.  They have introduced a visa requirement for Venezuelans.  They have reduced the visa time to just one week.  What use is that, I ask?  My information is that the Anguillians involved in this trafficking frequently bring the girls in at night, illegally, at Sandy Hill and Little Harbour bays, landing them on the beaches.  When they enter Anguilla that way, no one asks them about their visa.  
The brothel activity is not reducing as a result of these three raids.  The Jamaican lady mentioned earlier told us that she lives in Blowing Point, and two new houses have opened up since the hurricane, right near to her home.  She told us that the demand for new girls is growing such that plane trips to Santo Domingo are now being arranged to bring back new stock.
My second problem with this so-called “solution” or “remedial action” is that this visa requirement only accomplishes two things I can see.  One, it ensures there is a steady supply of fresh girls imported into Anguilla.  The result of this “remedial action” is that the men who frequent these places have new victims once a week instead of once a month.
Two, all one week visa policy achieves is an increase in government’s revenue from granting the inevitably requested visa extensions.  This new visa policy makes it look like the government of Anguilla is knowingly participating in brothel keeping and living on the proceeds of prostitution.
One correspondent commented on the original Blog:  Remember when Anguillian men went off to Macoris and other places, well you know what happened, men being men and being away from their wives, well, boys will be boys and that sort of behavior resulted in lots of babies, which came to Anguilla to claim their birthrights, and with them they brought their culture which includes Bodegas and brothels.”
To which I responded that we need to be careful not to seem to adopt the usual, false, weasely, Anguillian, fall-back excuse that all these wrongs are caused by the foreigners in our midst, especially the “Spanish”, and not by real Anguillians.  The truth is that brothel keeping in Anguilla is principally an affair of native Anguillians.  So, the particular family who own the houses in question may not personally run them.  But, they knowingly rent out their premises to these brothel keepers.  They are as much living off the proceeds of prostitution as Liliana, shown in the Ms Soncini's photo blog.  It is the same with many of the other “Sports Bars” throughout the island.  They are owned by native Anguillians who are happy to live off the proceeds of prostitution while hiring others to do the dirty work.
My worry is that a lot of us in Anguilla (mainly the men) are in denial about the consequences of this growing illegal and unhealthy business on our society.  The church is silent in the face of their most prominent members being participants in this business.  The National Council of Women appear to have had their balls cut off.  Members of the Mothers’ Union can be said to have deteriorated to a state of decrepitude.  Seventh Day Adventists appear happy to argue only about the correct Sabbath Day, while ignoring the pain and suffering their members bring to these exploited girls and women.
Mind you, like Victor’s alleged assertion, I have no problem with prostitution.  Everyone has a right to sell his or her body for sex, ONCE they are an informed and consenting adult.  But, we know the hazards to health and welfare that exist where this behaviour is conducted in houses that are not regulated and licensed.  (I will let others more qualified than me in matters of morality worry about that aspect.)  Some of these women are not consenting adults.  Some are under-age.  Others have been trafficked, meaning to me, tricked, beaten, and exploited.
Unlike with licensed brothels in St Maarten (if they still exist), the workers in Anguillian whore-houses are not medically examined on a weekly basis.  Diseases such as Syphilis, super clap Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HPV and Genital Herpes, among others, are being injected into our families when the men come back home from these houses.  Limiting the visa time for these women to one week is not going to have any impact on the rate at which STIs are introduced into our society.
Obviously, because they are illegal, these illegal whore-houses are not examined by the public health department to ensure the conditions are sanitary.  The derelict buildings that are used for this trade, (as demonstrated in Belinda Soncini’s photo-blog) and the second-hand mattresses that the customers lie on seemingly in the abandoned villas at Mariners Hotel at Sandy Ground and elsewhere remain vermin infected.  This is an appalling way to treat these women, as if they are dogs without rights, barely human beings at all.
Because these houses are illegal, the sex workers are not protected in the event they are raped, beaten and even killed as happened recently.  The result of this free for all is that children are trafficked to Anguilla as sex workers.  Without protection of law, we can expect that most of their money is taken away from them (not least in paying officials for protection).  Their passports are confiscated by their pimps and managers, so they cannot escape the island, even if they are so desperate as to ask directions to the nearest police station.
The conduct of these Anguillian men who condone this “Sports Bar” business is disgusting, and would be unacceptable in any civilised country.
This begs the question: Is Anguilla a civilized country?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Anguilla Brothel Keeping

Published in the commentary section of the regional internet newspaper Caribbean News Now on 12 January:
Prostitution is notoriously the world’s oldest profession.  Prostitution is not illegal in Anguilla.  No law is broken if sex is exchanged for money or goods.  It might be immoral, but no crime is committed when sex is paid for.
What are illegal are the two offences of keeping a brothel and living off immoral earnings.  These carry severe penalties in Anguilla.  Pimps and brothel keepers are serious criminals.  They live off the earnings of sex workers.  That is the essence of the offence.
Brothels have operated openly in Anguilla for decades.  The first and most notorious known to me was opposite the Tyre Shop in George Hill.  It started, I believe, in the 1980s.  Its Madame was my client.  Many years ago, she asked my legal advice on how to evict one of her “tenants”.  These were nationals of Santo Domingo.  They were desperately trying to better their condition.  They did what they had to do to send money back home for the support of their families.  I tried to give her the most humane advice possible within the law.  Her business continued uninterrupted for a very long time.  I assume she operated under the eye of the police.  There was nothing secret about her operation, and she was never shut down.
Over the past five years, things have changed in Anguilla, particularly the nationality of the most favoured prostitutes.  Venezuelans are now outcompeting Santo Domingans.  A large number of so-called “Sports Bars” have begun to operate in all the villages.  The industry is growing fast.  Sometimes, it seems that every other house in South Hill is rented out to a brothel keeper.  In some of them, there are scantily clad young Venezuelan women sitting at the bar.  There are bedrooms in the back available to rent.  These establishments serve food and alcoholic beverages.  If you drive past them at night, they appear to be doing a thriving business.
In the year 2016, photographer Belinda Soncini visited Anguilla.  The result of her visit was a photo blog.  She posted it on the Social Documentary Network.  It is available to be viewed here:  She calls it “Desperate Women: Venezuela’s Latest Export.”  In her words,
This project documents the lives of women from my country, Venezuela, who were forced to migrate to the Caribbean to sell their bodies to feed and buy medicines for their families.  These women were professionals with good jobs, but the economic crisis in Venezuela left them no other choice.  They live isolated, fearing being judged, exposed to countless perils, sacrificing their lives to provide for their families.  They say they will keep doing this until their bodies can’t take it anymore.
This is a very sensitive photo blog, as you would expect.  The faces of the women are not shown in the photographs.  Her main concern was to reveal the miserable lives her compatriots were forced to endure in Anguilla for the sake of their families they left behind, not to embarrass or shame them.
My main concern is different.  I question how did we in Anguilla come to this sad state?  For decade after decade we permitted the exploitation of vulnerable foreign women by Anguillian entrepreneurs.  A little research reveals that, though the photo blog was published in the year 2016, the exploitation of foreign girls and women in Anguillian brothels continues today.  The whole Anguillian community knows about it.  Yet, no one speaks out against this form of human trafficking.
The Royal Anguilla Police Force know about it.  They occasionally, from what I am told, pick up a low-level pimp.  No criminal convictions in court for keeping a brothel have been publicised or are known to me.
The Immigration Department know about it.  They occasionally deport a few of the women.  But, this hardly stems the flow of replacement sex workers that they permit entry into Anguilla.
There seems to be no cooperation between the various government agencies that are supposed to take care of our health and welfare.  Restaurant licences continue to be issued to brothels.  Applications by them for renewal of liquor licences go unopposed by the police at the regular six-monthly court hearings.  It is uncertain if any officer of the Labour Department visits to inquire about foreigners working in bars and restaurants without permits.
At a recent meeting of the House of Assembly, Pam Webster, the Leader of the Opposition attempted to raise the issue.  She was shouted down with calls that “This is not the right place.”  So, where is the right place to raise the issue?
I have decided to raise it in the newspapers.  My letter to the editor was published in the issue of The Anguillian Newspaper of Friday 12 January.  It reads:
Anguilla’s Latest Addition to her Tourism Product
Anguilla’s latest tourism venture is beginning to attract international attention, as the above webpage shows.  However, some persons in Anguilla find this development disturbing.
Questions are being asked, such as:
Why are we not taking care of our vulnerable populations?
Why haven’t those with the power to end this situation taken action?
Why aren’t there coordinated efforts to stop this?
Why do those in authority refuse to take action and/or ignore this situation?
Why do we not speak out when these things are literally happening in our backyards?
Why haven’t those in power shut down these establishments?
Why hasn’t a coordinated effort been implemented among the elected government officials, Immigration, Labour, the Police, and others?
Why haven’t we seriously noticed that human trafficking is happening right here in many ways, and this is only one of them?
Keeping a house of prostitution and living on immoral earnings are serious offences.
Why do we not charge and prosecute those bringing in these women and those using their services?
We must treat criminals as such, and seek help for those being exploited.
What is the cause of our apparent lack of understanding of what is happening here?
Why do we show such a lack of courage, boldness and tenacity to address this evil and to end it?
Why are we not grieved to our cores?
It is going to be interesting to see who responds.  Will there be any stirring of conscience among the smug and self-satisfied church and state officials?  Or, will they all shrug and say, “No need to respond.  It is just another 7-day wonder.  The story will soon go away, as it always does.”
Another and different letter to the Editor on the topic was published in the Daily Herald of St Maarten on Wednesday 9 January 2018.  This is what it said:
Meet Anguilla’s Latest Addition to her Tourism Plant
Anguilla’s new tourism product is beginning to attract international attention, as shown by the above webpage.
Looking for ideas on economic diversification, the Anguillian business community has struck on an exciting new way forward.  Their solution has met with near universal approval.
It appears that, with a reputation for 5-star accommodation, the previous houses of recreation for men are being upgraded.  The now 40-year old Santo Domingan product has long been in need of sprucing up.  Plant has been repainted and decorated since the passage of Hurricane Irma.  The staff is being re-trained in the latest customer service techniques.  A bright future for this industry is anticipated.
There is official approval for this development.  The ever-courteous Anguillian police officers and immigration officials clear the way of all obstacles, even falling over on their backs to help participants to find their new positions.
The Christian Anguillian community are anxious to encourage participation.  It keeps the men busy and out of mischief, social workers say.
Wives are happy to get the men out of the house, for an inexpensive night out, sampling the delicacies on offer.
Politicians hold town-hall type meetings at these venues.  After all, it is where most of their male constituents are to be found after work.
Celia’s and Anna Maria’s are ever popular, though less so now that the under-16 year olds have been discouraged.  Off-duty police officers observe the comings and goings from the porch, making sure the peace is kept.
There is a move underway for this latest addition to Anguilla’s tourism plant to apply for associate membership in the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association, stagnant for some years now.
The Chamber of Industry and commerce is always seeking to gain new members, and this area of growing economic activity is bound to be a boost for the Chamber.
The only negative comes from some Ministers of Religion who respond, “Well, at least they are not our girls.”  But, these are mere spoil-sports whose stock in trade is criticism, no matter how healthy and natural the topic of their condemnation.  We can be sure their views will be safely ignored.
Next week, look forward to a critical assessment of the choice of commodities available at the Drug House of South Hill, yet another of Anguilla’s emerging new industries.
The Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association and the Chamber of Commerce are, no doubt, going to be upset.  I make a preposterous and incredible suggestion that the illegal brothels are considering applying for membership.  Social workers and ministers of government will be highly offended that I highlight their inaction.  Police and Immigration Officers will be outraged that I jokingly suggest their incompetence.
My hope is that the whole of Anguillian society will be outraged, but outraged for the right reason.  I hope they will raise their voices in protest at this exploding form of human exploitation in Anguilla.  This is how public opinion is expressed.  Public opinion, when mobilised, is the most effective way of achieving social change and reform.  Keeping quiet does the opposite.
Maybe, this time the result of all this “taking offence” will be some action.  Search warrants can be obtained on the grounds of reasonable suspicion.  Nightly raids on one after the other of these illegal operations will soon have an effect.  With the evidence collected, a few lengthy jail sentences can be expected.  It won’t take long to shut them down.
Refusing their licences, searching their premises, collecting the evidence, prosecuting them, convicting them, locking them up, and closing them down are unlikely to happen unless civil society begins to make noise.  Without public agitation, too many persons are making money out of this lucrative business for our officials to risk offending the participants.
We shall see what happens.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Curriculum Vitae Ultima

Justice Don Mitchell (Retd)

Curriculum Vitae Ultima

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
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
Owen Lane, PO Box 83, North Hill, Anguilla
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
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



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











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



1975 – 1999

1978 - present










 1991- present




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


April-July, 1997

April-July, 1998

1 August 1999 to 30 Sept 2004


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









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:
















March 31


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”:

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