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UPDATE: Premier Smith Shows Support To EC Supreme Court Chief Justice

Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Her Ladyship the Honourable Justice Janice Mesadis Pereira signs the Oath of Allegiance and Oath for Due Execution of Office while Governor General of St. Lucia Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy and ECSC Chief Registrar Mrs. Kimberly Cenac-Phulgence looks on. (Photo credit: Premier’s Office)
Her Ladyship Janice Mesadis George-Pereira has been confirmed to the post as Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Photo: Reuben Stoby/VINO
Her Ladyship Janice Mesadis George-Pereira has been confirmed to the post as Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Photo: Reuben Stoby/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online is pleased to confirm that Justice Janice Mesadis George-Pereira has been confirmed as the first female Chief Justice in the history of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

This news site was privileged, though our team of reporters around the region, to obtain a copy of the notice, along with letters signed by Queen Elizabeth II dated September 2012.

The first woman to be appointed in an acting capacity and now confirmed to the position of Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Justice Janice Mesadis George-Pereira, had some wonderful words of advice for the younger persons in the legal field when a Special Sitting of the Court of Appeal to congratulate Her Ladyship on her recent historic appointment was held in the Virgin Islands on Monday, October 1, 2012.

The occasion was also used to welcome the Hon. Madame Louise Blenman of Guyana and the Hon. Mario Michel of St. Lucia as Justices of Appeal.

Her Ladyship Pereira, who is from North Sound, Virgin Gorda, was first appointed to act as Chief Justice following the retirement of Nevisian-born Sir Hugh Rawlins. Chief Justice Pereira is also the President of the Court of Appeal.

Following a showering of congratulations and praises on her by His Lordship Hon. Justice Albert Redhead, Attorney General Dr. Christopher Malcolm, Members of the Inner Bar, Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Wayne L. Rajbansie, President of the BVI Bar Association, Ms. Keisha Durham and Member of the Utter Bar, Ms. Dawn Smith, Acting Chief Justice Pereira then proceeded to share her philosophy about life and her secret to success.

“Life is a journey. It winds through hills and valleys, empty spaces and crowded places. It is not a destination so it is not about the end of that journey but hard work and accumulation of experience along the way. It is those experiences, which account for where and what you are at any point in time,” The then Acting Chief Justice Pereira shared.

Her Ladyship also expressed gratitude for the many persons who she said touched her and moulded her into the person she is today. First to come in for recognition was her class teacher in Virgin Gorda, Mrs. Stephens, who she said, made a huge impact on her life.

Also mentioned were Dr. Quincy Lettsome and family and Dr Charles and Jennie Wheatley.

Gratitude was also expressed to the many persons, especially those women, who would have paved the way in the legal profession for her to be where she is today.

Justice Pereira graduated with a law degree with honours from the University of the West Indies in 1979, and the Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in 1981.

She was called to the Bar in the Virgin Islands in 1981 and the St. Kitts-Nevis Bar in 2000.

Between 1981 and 1984 she served as Acting Registrar General and Acting Registrar of the Supreme Court and Registrar of Companies in the Virgin Islands. Between 1981 and 1985 she served as Additional Magistrate and Acted as Magistrate in the Virgin Islands.

She was also an Associate Attorney at Law, J.S. Archibald and Company, Tortola, between 1985 and 1989; Associate Attorney, Harney Westwood & Riegels, Tortola, in 1989; and Attorney at Law (Civil Litigation, Commercial and Banking), McW Todman & Co (1991 to 2003).

Justice Pereira served as a law partner in Farara George-Creque & Kerrins and engaged in active practice at the Bar in the conduct of matters at all levels of the Courts from 1985 to 2003 in Tortola.

She was appointed as a High Court Judge in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court from 2003 to 2008 and the Court of Appeal from 2009 to 2012. It was during her appointment at the High Court that she served as Resident Judge in Anguilla.

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) spans nine Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Among the many distinguished persons in attendance at the Special Sitting were Governor Boyd McCleary; Premier, The Honourable Dr. D. Orlando Smith; Deputy Premier, Hon. Dr. Kedrick Pickering; Opposition Leader Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal, other members of the House of Assembly, and family and friends of Acting Chief Justice Pereira.


31 Responses to “UPDATE: Premier Smith Shows Support To EC Supreme Court Chief Justice ”

  • mother hen (02/10/2012, 07:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is good news for all BVI women
  • Native Boy (02/10/2012, 07:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Hon Chief Justice we are proud!
    • fact check (26/10/2012, 20:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      More importantly our new CJ has to ensure that the Police do a much, much better job at interdiction/enforcement and presenting evidence and that lawyers are honest with clients and its not all about the money!
  • small head (02/10/2012, 07:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ohhhhh how sweet it is
    • next (23/10/2012, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So very well deserved. I salute you CJ Pereira I am very proud of you for making step first female Premier of the BVI
  • one eye roster (02/10/2012, 08:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope she is fair and throw
  • patsy (02/10/2012, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Hmmm nonsence look how many lawyers has resign since Chief Justice Pereira got this position and look how many more will resign under her supervision. something is wrong. All the BVI government who voted for her to get the position will be sorry. all the good and honest lawyers will resign there will soon be n good lawyers we need to be carefull on the choices we make and the people we put in position.

    • My View (23/10/2012, 12:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      PASTY you sound sooooo damn STUPID what a "A HOlE" cant even read and understand the Queen english. Maybe you have some serious issued you need to deal with as you sound real upset. Which part of Easter Caribbean Supreme Court you dont understand?
    • qeen (23/10/2012, 19:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      bvi is so proud of you CJ Jan. Good luck to you, and god bless you always.
  • Period Cramps (02/10/2012, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Pasty why you don't stop chatting bull$h1t. She is not the Chief Justice of the BVI, it's of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Are you really a jacka$$ or just pretending to be one? What stupidness you talking about lawyers leaving and BVI Government voting for her? LOL!! wow ,...

  • long look me come from (02/10/2012, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is history for the BVI..first women, first BVIsalnder
  • former co-worker (02/10/2012, 13:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations, Chief Justice Pereira. I am sure that you will do an excellent job in seeing that justice is done and is seen to be done.
  • Knight Rider (02/10/2012, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    madam chief justice Janice Pereira. I can't wait to meet you and address you,as:Madam-Chief-Justice! my family and I would like to congratulate you for this high appointment in our justice system.As an adopted Virgin Gordian and a personal friend of your Mom, aunts,uncles,and cousin, I am justly proud of your achievements.People receive their wisdom,knowledge and understanding from god,which prepare them for social education.You have received social education,beginning with your parents and your BVI teachers and because of your hard work,and family interest during your up-bringing.I commend your mom for looking after her beautiful Janice,the way she did.All what you have achieved in this life came from god.Knowing that you are not a selfish person,with god given talent,I am confident that you will operate within the boundaries of the law and not based on your personal feelings and personal opinion.As christians in a democratic society,in our justice system,I expect you to continue being honest,fair and impartial,in the execution of your duty.I have placed your name on my family's prayer agenda,so we can continue praying for you(a child of god) who has succeeded and will continue to succeed.May the good lord continue to bless you and the people of the BVI. I wish you good luck,and more success in this limited life.And please,don't get distracted with ungodly gossip!.Put god first.Love:Knight Rider(Virgin Gordian) and family.
  • virgin gorda (23/10/2012, 11:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow congrats we the people of VG are happy for her
  • North Sounder (23/10/2012, 11:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Im so proud of you cous, I love to see when our very own do good, Kudos to you, I know Aunty C is very proud of you. One love
  • Mother earth (23/10/2012, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well well well that’s what happens when you work hard and your stick to what the laws says. CJ you will do very well.
  • family (23/10/2012, 12:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah Auntie Janice, Big Up!!!!
    • call it (23/10/2012, 19:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      My big Congratulations Madam Chief Justice you are a wonderful inspiration for young VIslanders.
  • cnbc (23/10/2012, 15:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Excellent news so we could no longer say locals can’t do this and that!
  • in the news (23/10/2012, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    most Caribbean governments pay lip service and waffle about equality — if you check the record still today the top tiers of the police and judiciary in the Caribbean are overwhelmingly male and middle-aged.
  • happy day (23/10/2012, 23:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Today I can truly say how happy I am to see that our very own local sister has reached this mile stone to be confirmed to the post!!!
  • LTD (24/10/2012, 18:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So proud as a young lawyer
  • hands up (26/10/2012, 08:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So happy on this
  • law student (26/10/2012, 20:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whao!! you people need to slow done let me see if she would push to abolish the privy counsel for OECS states and advocate the CCJ

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