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Virgin Islander Janice George-Pereira set to become Chief Justice

- will be first woman Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Designated Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal, Janice Mesadis Pereira. Photo: provided

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - [posted at 12:15pm] The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court will now have its first acting female Chief Justice.

Her Ladyship, the Hon. Justice Janice Mesadis Pereira has been appointed to act as Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal with effect from August 1st 2012.

She officially becomes the Chief Justice Pereira once the Letters Patent are signed by Her Majesty the Queen.

Chief Justice Pereira, who was born on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, succeeds Nevisian-born Sir Hugh Rawlins.

She obtained her 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.

Mrs. Pereira was called to the Bar in the British Virgin Islands in 1981 and the Bar in St. Kitts and Nevis in 2000.

Between 1981 and 1984 Mrs. Pereira served as Acting Registrar General; Acting Registrar of the Supreme Court and Registrar of Companies, BVI between 1981 and 1984.

She served as Additional Magistrate and acted as Magistrate, BVI between 1981 and 1985.

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

She 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, BVI.

Her Ladyship served as a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court from 2003 to 2008 and Court of Appeal from 2009 to 2012 and Acting Chief Justice from 2012.

19 Responses to “Virgin Islander Janice George-Pereira set to become Chief Justice”

  • mother hen (09/08/2012, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Jan
    • dd (09/08/2012, 23:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      go girl make some good decision for the people of the region
      • BVI pride (10/08/2012, 23:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Gooo Janice, you are our sweet sister of hope and know that the BVI people are beaming with pride
  • Fitting (09/08/2012, 12:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is really well deserved. She has distinguished herself over the years and this comes as no surprise. Well done Justice Pereira. The people of the Virgin Islands salute you! May God give you divine guidance to uphold the rule of law and justice in the Eastern Caribbean and may you remain a shining beacon of light. Numbers 6:24-26
  • valley massive (09/08/2012, 14:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    you mean they cannot find a local DPP and AG but they can find a local to be CJ what a shamee..kudos Janice my school mate
    • BVIslander (09/08/2012, 18:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      A man/woman is without honour in his own country!!!!!
      • to; bvislander (09/08/2012, 20:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well you are so right. You see how them island people and half breed Tortolas and first generation with their parents from down islands went on when we claimed our heritage and ancestry by referring to our queen as indigenous? Eh? Shoot man
  • apple (09/08/2012, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yea yea big ups VG girl
  • ta ta (09/08/2012, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So is she indigenous????
  • yellow (09/08/2012, 16:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    she will make a good chief Justise and we will all be proud...go BVI shine
  • cnn (09/08/2012, 16:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She deserved this she has worked hard.
  • Wellsah (09/08/2012, 16:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • it for real (10/08/2012, 07:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    there goes our virgin gorda girl...we are hype about this appointment
  • real deal (10/08/2012, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wonderful choice
  • kevin (10/08/2012, 23:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    no one can do it better than a Virgin Gorda Queen
  • --------------------- (11/08/2012, 23:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Madam Chief Justice Pereira you are a wonderful inspiration for young virgin islanders in all fields
  • Knight Rider (02/10/2012, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Madam chief justice:your mom and dad brought you up with high level of discipline,respect and godly principles:you make the north sound crew proud.It's woman-time:keep-on going until you are called to preside at the privy council.Congratulations,from knight rider and family.

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