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VI’s Janice M. Pereira hailed by CCJ as Pioneering Caribbean Woman Jurist

- Pereira honoured for sterling contribution to jurisprudence of Eastern Caribbean & her leadership in the Judiciary
The book ‘Eminent Caribbean Jurists: Pioneering Caribbean Women Jurists’, which details the significant achievements of Dame Janice and other honourees, was presented to Honourable Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, LL.D, Chief Justice (right) by Her Ladyship, The Hon Madam Louise Esther Blenman, Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo: ECSC
 Daughter of the [British] Virgin Islands soil the Honourable Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, LL.D, Chief Justice, has been recognised by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Academy for Law as a Pioneering Caribbean Woman Jurist. Photo: YouTube/File
Daughter of the [British] Virgin Islands soil the Honourable Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, LL.D, Chief Justice, has been recognised by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Academy for Law as a Pioneering Caribbean Woman Jurist. Photo: YouTube/File
RODNEY BAY, Saint Lucia, WI- Daughter of the [British] Virgin Islands soil the Honourable Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, LL.D, Chief Justice, has been recognised by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Academy for Law as a Pioneering Caribbean Woman Jurist.

This recognition celebrates the contribution of Caribbean women to the institutional and policy-making infrastructure of Caribbean society in areas such as the Judiciary, a field traditionally dominated by men.

According to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), on its website, Dame Janice was honoured for her sterling contribution to the jurisprudence of the Eastern Caribbean and her leadership in the Judiciary at the official launch of the book, Eminent Caribbean Jurists: Pioneering Caribbean Women Jurists on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Dame Janice has shattered many glass ceilings

The book was presented to Dame Janice by Her Ladyship, The Hon Madam Louise Esther Blenman, Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the Bougainvillea Conference Centre at the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. The book details the significant achievements of Dame Janice and other honourees.

Dame Janice created history on October 24, 2012 when she was sworn in as the first female Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court since the Court’s establishment in 1967.  She has the distinction of accomplishing many other ‘firsts’; namely, being one of the first female Virgin Islanders to be called to the Bar of the Virgin Islands; the first Virgin Islander to be appointed to the Bench of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, and the first female to be appointed to the Court of Appeal – shattering many glass ceilings throughout her remarkable career.

According to the ECSC, Dame Janice has brought to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court innate wisdom and a wealth of experience in the practice of law at both the public and private Bars. Her Ladyship’s philosophy is founded on the precept that the function of law is to promote justice and that the role of the Court is to apply the law in a just manner.

“Dame Janice’s transformational leadership style is encapsulated in a personality that is both engaging and composed, commanding both respect and adoration,” the ECSC stated.

‘Hard work never killed anyone’- Dame Janice

Following the official book presentation, Dame Janice thanked the Judicial Officers, Management and Staff of the ECSC for their unwavering support and her husband, Mr Joseph Pereira, for always being a tower of strength.

Her Ladyship then shared that she learned from her father at a very tender age that “hard work never killed anyone”, and that her mother always instilled in her the courage to be able to stand up for her convictions and that those lessons have guided her along the way. Dame Janice accepted the recognition on behalf of her parents of blessed memory and other members of her family as well as all the little girls of the Eastern Caribbean who dream of one day becoming Chief Justice.

According to the ECSC, the Judicial Officers, Management, and Staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Headquarters and the Court Offices in each Member State and Territory extend warm and heartfelt congratulations to Her Ladyship on this signal achievement.

Pereira’s achievement rings through to the conviction of Premier and Minister of Finance in the Virgin Islands (VI) that, given a chance, the territory’s people are capable of doing great things, both home and abroad and have within them the ability to one day manage their own affairs as a little nation with self-determination.

7 Responses to “VI’s Janice M. Pereira hailed by CCJ as Pioneering Caribbean Woman Jurist”

  • foxy (22/10/2021, 12:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations she from here
  • Hmm (22/10/2021, 15:46) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Awesome work Honorable Pereira!!!
  • Ghost (22/10/2021, 17:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have always been so very proud of you and your accomplishments..you’ve been an Inspiration to me as I believe to others as well.. Words cannot speak.. and yes you are “one of our own “- So Very Proud CJ.. I Pray that God Will Continue to Bless you and All that you do..
  • jack (22/10/2021, 17:36) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VG girl made us all proud
  • rattie (23/10/2021, 08:20) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    You go girl!!! Sorry hon madam Chief Justice, hurry up return home to run you will make a good premier
  • Clearly (23/10/2021, 08:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well deserving CJ
  • Interested (24/10/2021, 10:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Dame Justice Pereira


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