Joseph S. Archibald passing
The Hon. Chief Justice, Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, Judges and administrative and support staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court join the regional legal fraternity in mourning the death of Dr. Joseph S. Archibald , QC, Senior Partner of the firm of J.S. Archibald & Co., one of the oldest and most prestigious law firms practicing within the Territory of the Virgin Islands.
Dr. Archibald was called to the Bar in 1960 in St. Kitts and Nevis and migrated from his homeland in Nevis and continued to practice law in the Virgin Islands. Dr. Archibald served in various legal capacities throughout the Caribbean including Magistrate, High Court Registrar, Senior Crown Counsel and Director of Public Prosecutions. He also served as Attorney General in St. Kitts‐Nevis‐Anguilla from 1960‐1964 and 1966‐1968. In March 1991, Dr. Archibald was elected founding President of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (OECS Bar) and was re‐elected in 1993. He served as President until 1996. In his capacity as President of the OECS Bar, Dr. Archibald helped in shaping the rules and guidelines for ethical practices and behaviour of barristers and solicitors who were admitted to practice at the Eastern Caribbean
Supreme Court. Dr. Archibald also served as President of the BVI Bar Association from 1986‐ 1994. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1980.
Dr. Archibald was appointed as an acting Judge of the Supreme Court of the West Indies assigned to Dominica in 1978 and an acting Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court assigned to Saint Lucia in 1998. Dr. Archibald also served as an acting Justice of Appeal from May to October 2001 and July 2002.
May his soul rest in peace!