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corozalTonight, Magistrate Hurl Hamilton who sits as judge in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court is the center of public scrutiny as he was found guilty of using his influence to manipulate a family court case. From what we have been able to gather, a complaint which arose back in 2013 claims that a female Hamilton was having a romantic affair with had a case in the Belize Family Court. This female was in a legal dispute with her husband over maintenance and the access to their child.

Our information is that Hamilton and the female were romantically involved during the time of the case, which landed on his desk. Best information reveals that he was asked by his peers to disqualify himself on an appearance of favouritism, but he went forward and listened to the case and gave a ruling.

His decision, we are told, was in favour of the woman whom he was having the affair with. Subsequently, the woman’s husband found out about the relationship taking place between the two and placed a formal complaint against Hamilton to the legal commission. That complaint landed at the desk of Chief Justice Kennet Benjamin at the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. Our information says that the tribunal went through all the necessary steps and even allowed Magistrate Hamilton to defend himself. He brought in his legal counsel, and was allowed to rebut the evidence against him before the Commission. When that case was completed, the outcome was that Magistrate Hamilton was found guilty of the allegations made against him. Since that decision was handed down, Hamilton was sentenced to one month suspension from judicial duties. This is the first time a member of the judicial community has been found guilty of flagrant wrong in the profession. Hurl Hamilton holds a Law Degree and has worked as Marshall to the former Chief Justice.

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