Incoming Attorney General
The Legal Department is pleased to welcome its new Attorney General Mr. Keith H.W. Friday who took up office on the 1st September, 2014.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court(ECSC) Re-launches “New Look” Website
Sitting of the Court of Appeal
The Honorable Chief Justice, Mrs Janice Mesadis Pereira will preside over the sitting of the Court of Appeal on Thursday 01st November, 2012 at the Court House in Brades. The other members of the panel are newly appointed Justices of Appeal, His Lordship Mr Mario Michell and Her Ladyship Ms Louise Blenman. The Attorney General and staff of the Attorney General’s chambers extend warmest congratulations to the Justices of Appeal Michell and Blenman with best wishes for successful tenures.
Appointment of First Female Chief Justice
Madam Justice Janice Mesadis Pereira has been appointed as Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court effective 28 September 2012. This was confirmed by the Crown Office of the Ministry of Justice in England on Tuesday 16th October 2012.
Chief Justice Pereira is the first female to hold this office. The Attorney General and staff of the Attorney General’s chambers extend warmest congratulations to the Honorable Chief Justice with best wishes for a very successful tenure.
Opening of the New Law Year
The new Law Year opened on Tuesday 18th September 2012 at a sitting of the High Court. The proceedings began with a Church Service on Sunday 16th September at the St. John’s Anglican Church. Marking this event, Her Ladyship the Honorable Chief Justice (Ag.) Madam Janice Pereira addressed the nine member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court via a video-stream that was transmitted live from the Court in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
At the sitting of the High Court in Montserrat, the Hon Attorney General, Ms. Esco Henry, delivered the opening address to the court following the address by Her Ladyship the Honorable Chief Justice (Ag.)
Absence of Staff Members
Mr. Fitzroy Buffonge and Miss Sherasmust Harris are currently furthering their studies in the legal field for periods of 6 months and 1 year respectively. Mr. Buffonge has proceeded to the United Kingdom to complete pupillage training and Miss Harris will be pursuing an LLM in Legislative Drafting at UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.
We the members of the Legal Department wish them all the best as they strive to enhance their skills with a view to strengthening the department’s capacity at the end of their studies.
New Staff Members at the Legal Department
The Legal Department has welcomed two new staff members. Mr. Fitzroy Buffonge and Miss Cedricia Shiell. Miss Shiell has successfully completed her LLB at UWI Cave hill Campus in Barbados and her LEC at Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. Mr. Buffonge has successfully completed his studies in the United Kingdom. They have now returned to assist in realizing the Chamber’s mission and vision.
New Staff Member at the Legal Department
Legal Department welcomes a new staff member Ms.Amelia.H. Daley who has taken on the post of Senior Crown Counsel in the Civil/ Commercial Division.
Conferment Of The Honor Of Dame Commander
The Honorable Attorney General and the staff of the Attorney General’s Chambers extend warm congratulations to the Honorable Chief Justice Mrs. Janice Mesadis Pereias on the conferment of the prestigious honor of Dame Commander in the Order of the British Empire. The honor was bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for Her Ladyship’s sterling contributions in facilitating the advancement of justice.
An announcement in the London Gazette on 7th May 2013 states” THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to give order for the following appointment to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: Oder of the British Empire (Civil Division) DBE To be an Ordinary Dame Commander of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order: The Honorable Mrs. Justice ( Janice Mesadis0 PEREIRA, Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court”
The DBE is one of the five classes (in civil and military divisions) of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) established on 4th June 1917 by King George V. The Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) (counterpart to Knight Commander of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) is the second in seniority of the classes, and allows (but not prescribes) the postulant to use the title “Dame” before her first name.
New Staff Members at Attorney General Chambers and Transfer of Staff Member
The Attorney General Office welcomes two new staff members- Ms. Dara Modeste who has been appointed to the post of Parliamentary Counsel in the Legislative Drafting Unit and Ms. Cilma Wade who has been transferred to the department as Crown Counsel in the Civil and Commercial Division.
Crown Counsel Mr. Kenroy Hyman has been transferred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution from the 7th November, 2013.