The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court celebrates 46 years of existence. This is truly a significant milestone, one which evokes tremendous pride for the Judicial Officers, past and present, the Staff of this Court and me. This is a milestone that many institutions dream of, but for us it is our reality as our Court has earned its worth over the years and continues to keep working towards far greater achievement.
Our Court which was established by the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court Order in 1967 is mandated to hear matters in the civil and criminal jurisdictions in the Court of Appeal and The High Court. With a cadre of legal luminaries at the helm, one can say that our Court was destined for greatness and this is confirmed by our achievements over the last 46 years. Over this period the Court has been led by 11 Chief Justices, including those who acted in that capacity and I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to continue the work which they have started.