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VI-based lawyer appointed High Court Judge in St Lucia

- Patrick D. Thompson's appointment takes effect January 18, 2021
A practising attorney in the [British] Virgin Islands, Mr Patrick D. Thompson of PST Law chambers, has been appointed as a high court judge in St Lucia. Photo: VINO/File
The ceremonial opening of the Law Year 2021 in the Eastern Caribbean will now be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
The ceremonial opening of the Law Year 2021 in the Eastern Caribbean will now be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
CASTRIES, St Lucia- A practising attorney in the [British] Virgin Islands, Mr Patrick D. Thompson of PST Law chambers, has been appointed as a High Court Judge in St Lucia.

The Judicial and Legal Services Commission made the announcement via the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s (ECSC) portal.

It said the appointment “will take effect from 18th January 2021.”

It did not specify the length of time the appointment would be for.

Mr Thompson was also given a temporary appointment in St Kitts last year as a High Court Judge.

Originally from Grenada, Thompson has been one of the top defence attorneys in the Virgin Islands for a number of years.

Opening of law year

In the meantime, the Chief Registrar of the ECSC Michelle John Theobalds announced that the opening of the new law year will take effect on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

“Take notice that pursuant to the Rule 5 [1] of the Court of Appeal Rules, 1968 Her Ladyship, the Hon Dame Janice M. Pereira DBE, Chief Justice, has directed that the ceremonial opening of the Law Year 2021 will now be held on Wednesday 13th January 2021,” it stated.

The notice was given since November 17, 2020.

Being one of the ECSC jurisdictions, the Virgin Islands will also be part of the virtual ceremony.

25 Responses to “VI-based lawyer appointed High Court Judge in St Lucia”

  • tretretrete (12/01/2021, 07:37) Like (19) Dislike (41) Reply
    Congratulations on this achievement. It goes to show small minded BVI islanders that just like how qualified people from other places can come here and run things to a level they can go other places and do the same. I’m sure St.Lucia have someone within their own island who probably could have done the job, I’m sure it have their own people on their news blogs bashing him as an outsider. Life.....
    • @hmmmm (12/01/2021, 08:41) Like (83) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sad that u have missed the point to make such an observation. The court 's office happens to be based in St. Lucia, it is not a St. Lucia court. Just like the commercial court is based in BVI. No mention of nationality needed to be in the discussion. Just say congratulations and move on.
    • @hmmm (12/01/2021, 14:26) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Who is the real small mined person. It seems all of your fingers are pointing inward to you. Congratulate the man and leave the rest.
  • Congrats Thompson... (12/01/2021, 07:43) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Continue to do well.
  • chosen (12/01/2021, 07:57) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    No we are not like that we love and treat our brothers and sisters equally life is one big road with a lot of signs
  • Brandy (12/01/2021, 08:17) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply

    He’s a good defense lawyer. He really get off a lot of cr****. Congratulations Mr. Thompson.

  • Charter from SK. (12/01/2021, 08:39) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    A good Guy. Did a great job as Judge in SK. Congrats.
    Very qualified,, Welll deserving
  • guy hill (12/01/2021, 08:45) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations Mr. Thompson. Be Brave.
  • Local Officer (12/01/2021, 09:04) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
  • faith (12/01/2021, 09:20) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congrats, Patrick. BVI will truly miss you, even down to your colorful socks. May God continue to bless you. OneLove
  • Nice (12/01/2021, 09:24) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well desersing, I know he will do great.
  • ... (12/01/2021, 09:58) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Guess we stuck with Jones in the BVI now
  • Wellwisher (12/01/2021, 10:02) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great work has its own rewards. Congrats Patrick. Continue to excel.
    • Wellwisher (12/01/2021, 14:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

      To the a$$ that disliked my post - you should sign your name. you can be no other than one jealous piece of s**t. Great work will always have its rewards. Patrick Thompson has worked his way up and has done so amazingly well.

  • insider (12/01/2021, 10:10) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    You will surely be missed in the courts. You brought a high level of excellence, especially in the criminal court, and you approached all your cases with great passion. Go forth and continue to be bold and passionate in this new journey. God's blessings.
  • Nice (12/01/2021, 10:19) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Observer_01 (12/01/2021, 10:29) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    As a fellow CARICOM/OECS national, I am proud of my Grenadian brother, and congratulations are certainly in order. I recall a few years ago, when Chief Justice Albert Redhead (a compatriot of yours) observed you in a big trial and referred to you as "....very bright ...". You are sure going places.
    Bless you brother!
  • My comment (12/01/2021, 10:31) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    I would say congratulations to parick if this is really what he wants because business for him here in the bvi at this time probably slow. I know good lawyers make a lot more money than judges do for such a good attorney is this a retirement position?? Because most judges i know became old and retired in this position. I say this to say i asked a present Caribbean prime minister who was a top notch criminal lawyer in his days if he was offered a position as a judge if he would take up such and he said he was offered these positions before but he have greater things to accomplish. So if this is what a young promising attorney like Patrick want to do congratulations. Hope someone can take up where he left off.
  • To My Comment (12/01/2021, 12:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Couldn't you just say 'congrats' and leave it at that? Why try to second guess the man's choices? Sickening.
  • BuzzBvi (12/01/2021, 13:16) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    It is great. But why are we so pleased to send someone to St Lucia instead of encouraging St Lucia to employ St Lucians. We don't want them here but we want to go there. How does that work.
  • T (12/01/2021, 14:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Thompson remember gorilla don't swim in corners do your best and let God do d rest be strong my brother
  • u (12/01/2021, 20:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anyway eles but not at Lucia I am sorry
  • geertretret (12/01/2021, 21:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Cil (14/01/2021, 07:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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