Justice Janice Mesadis Pereira has been appointed to act as Chief Justice and President of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal with effect from August 1, 2012.
Dominica News Online first reported over a month ago, that the jurist who is from the British Virgin Islands, had been identified to replace Nevision-born Sir Hugh Rawlings who demitted office officially on July 31, 2012, as the new chief justice of the OECS Supreme Court.
Justice Pereira’s appointment, which was approved by the OECS Authority at its 55th Meeting of OECS leaders in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last week, makes her the first woman to ever to hold that position.
Justice Pereira 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.
She was called to the Bar in the British Virgin Islands in 1981 and again in St Kitts and Nevis in 2000.
Between 1981 and 1984, Justice Pereira served in various capacities in the legal system including Ag. Magistrate and Registrar of Companies in the BVI, Acting Registrar General and Acting Registrar of the Supreme Court.
She served as a High Court Judge from 2003 to 2008 and was elevated to the position of Justice of Appeal on 9th January 2009.
Justice Pereira also acted as chief justice from 2012.
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