Justice Janice Mesadis Pereira has been confirmed as the first female Chief Justice in the history of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC).
She has been acting in that position since August 1, 2012, replacing Nevision-born Sir Hugh Rawlings who demitted office officially on July 31, 2012.
Pereira’s confirmation was announced by Montserrat Governor, Adrian Davis, who said he received a letter last week from her notifying him that her appointment had been confirmed.
The letter to Davis also contained a copy of Letters Patent signed by the Queen Elizabeth II at the end of September.
Justice Pereira, a native of Virgin Gorda, BVI, 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.
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