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New ECSC Chief Justice pledges to carry on predecessor’s legacy

New ECSC Chief Justice pledges to carry on predecessor’s legacy


With her name in the history books of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), the new and first ever female Chief Justice, Janice Perreira has pledged to carry on the torch of her predecessor, Sir Hugh Rawlins.{{more}}

On Tuesday, at a special sitting of the High Court in Kingstown, Perreira told the large gathering that “It is indeed an honour and a privilege to serve our region in this capacity…”

Perreira, who spoke with much eloquence, pledged her commitment to continue the “good work” started by her predecessors, towards the administration and advancement of justice for the citizenry of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and wider Caribbean.

Her address, which also signalled the start of the 2012/2013 Law term, was beamed live, via simulcast to the member states and territories of the ECSC.

Perreira also thanked the heads of government for the opportunity to serve the court and the region as Acting Chief Justice.

She also thanked Rawlins for his unrelenting service to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

“He gave dedicated service and now joins the rank of the many great Chief Justices who have served the court as remarkable jurists and inspiring mentors. Sir Hugh placed his indelible mark on our jurisprudence, through his erudite judgement and formidable leadership which guided us over the past four years…” Perreira stated.

Sir Hugh’s resignation was announced in February, but took effect on July 31.