Justice Dame Janice Mesadis Pereira
Justice Dame Janice Mesadis Pereira (née George; formerly known professionally as Janice George-Creque) is the Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. She became the first female Chief Justice and the first person from the British Virgin Islands to become Chief Justice in 2012.
Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Early life and education
Justice Pereira graduated with a 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 the St. Kitts-Nevis Bar in 2000.
Between 1981 and 1984 she served as Acting Registrar General and Acting Registrar of the Supreme Court and Registrar of Companies in the BVI. Between 1981 and 1985 she served as Additional Magistrate and acted as Magistrate in the BVI.
She was an Associate Attorney at Law, J.S. Archibald and Company, Tortola, between 1985 and 1989; Associate Attorney, Harney Westwood & Riegels, Tortola, in 1989; and Attorney at Law (Civil Litigation, Commercial and Banking), McWTodman& Co (1991 to 2003).
Justice Pereira served as a law partner in Farara George-Creque & Kerrins and engaged in active practice at the Bar in the conduct of matters at all levels of the Courts from 1985 to 2003 in Tortola.
She was appointed as a High Court Judge in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court from 2003 to 2008 and the Court of Appeal from 9 January 2009 to 2012.
In 2012 Justic Pereira was appointed as the first female Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court replacing Sir Hugh Rawlins who retired on 31 July 2012.
As Chief Justice of the Court, she is the supreme judicial officer of the courts of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Honours and awards
She was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2013 for services to the administration of justice.