Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court awarded
an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is pleased to announce that Her Ladyship, the Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, Chief Justice has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies (UWI), for over three decades of services to the people of the Territory of the Virgin Islands (BVI), the OECS and the wider Caribbean.
This award was bestowed upon Dame Janice by the UWI Open Campus, in a grand Presentation of Graduates Ceremony held on Saturday, 13th October 2018 at the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa, Cap Estate, Gros Islet, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the legal field in the Caribbean. A proud alumna of the UWI, Dame Janice attended the Cave Hill Campus and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1979. She then attended the Norman Manley Law School and graduated with her Legal Education Certificate in 1981 and was called to the Bar of the BVI the same year. She was also called to the Bar of St. Kitts and Nevis in 2000.
Throughout her distinguished legal career in private practice, the public service and the judiciary, Dame Janice has served in various capacities within the legal system. These include: Registrar General, Registrar, Supreme Court, BVI; Registrar of Companies and International Business Companies, BVI; Additional Magistrate and Magistrate (Ag.), BVI; High Court Judge, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; and Court of Appeal Judge, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Dame Janice created history in 2012 when she was sworn in as the first female Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court since its establishment in 1967.
Dame Janice is an eminent jurist who, throughout her career, has strived to ensure that the citizens of the Eastern Caribbean always enjoyed access to justice. Her commitment to improving access and the administration of justice in the Eastern Caribbean has been unyielding. As Chief Justice, Dame Janice continues to make immense contributions to the advancement of jurisprudence in the Caribbean and more specifically in the Eastern Caribbean.
She has set a true example of noblesse oblige by actively engaging herself in pursuit of justice in the region. From her childhood schooling on Virgin Gorda, and her illustrious legal career in the BVI, to her appointment as Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean, Dame Janice has approached each chapter in her life with energy, dignity and enthusiasm.
The Judicial Officers, Management, Administrative and Support Staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Headquarters and in each Member State and Territory extend warm and heartfelt congratulations to Her Ladyship on this honour.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) was established in 1967 by the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court Order No. 223 of 1967. The ECSC is a superior court of record for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), including six Independent States: Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and three British Overseas Territories: Anguilla, The Virgin Islands, and Montserrat. The Court has unlimited jurisdiction in each Member State and Territory.
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