First female chief justice for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has its first female Chief Justice.
In a letter to Montserrat’s Governor Adrian Davis, the Honourable Justice Janice Mesadis Pereira stated how she received notification from the Crown Office of the Ministry of Justice in England that her appointment to be Chief Justice for the ECSC had been confirmed.

The notice included a copy of the Letters Patent signed by Her Majesty the Queen on 28 September 2012, appointing Pereira to be Chief Justice. The notice of appointment was published in the London Gazette on 4 October 2012.

Chief Justice Pereira 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 1 August, 2012.

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