Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Recognised as a Pioneering Caribbean Woman Jurist by the CCJ Academy for Law
Dame Janice created history on 24th October 2012 when she was sworn in as the first female Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court since the Court’s establishment in 1967. She has the distinction of accomplishing many other ‘firsts’; namely, being one of the first female Virgin Islanders to be called to the Bar of the Virgin Islands; the first Virgin Islander to be appointed to the Bench of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, and the first female to be appointed to the Court of Appeal – shattering many glass ceilings throughout her remarkable career.
Dame Janice has brought to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court innate wisdom and a wealth of experience in the practice of law at both the public and private Bars. Her Ladyship’s philosophy is founded on the precept that the function of law is to promote justice and that the role of the Court is to apply the law in a just manner. Dame Janice’s transformational leadership style is encapsulated in a personality that is both engaging and composed, commanding both respect and admiration.
Following the official book presentation, Dame Janice thanked the Judicial Officers, Management and Staff of the ECSC for their unwavering support and her husband, Mr. Joseph Pereira, for always being a tower of strength. Her Ladyship then shared that she learned from her father at a very tender age that “hard work never killed anyone”, and that her mother always instilled in her the courage to be able to stand up for her convictions and that those lessons have guided her along the way. Dame Janice accepted the recognition on behalf of her parents of blessed memory and other members of her family as well as all the little girls of the Eastern Caribbean who dream of one day becoming Chief Justice.
The Judicial Officers, Management, and Staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Headquarters and the Court Offices in each Member State and Territory extend warm and heartfelt congratulations to Her Ladyship on this signal achievement.