Posted On: Saturday, 18 August 2012
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Basseterre, St. Kitts,(Saturday, 18th August, 2012)-Acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Her Ladyship Justice Janice Pereira has praised the contributions of retired Chief Justice, Sir Hugh Anthony Rawlins, who retired from the Court on 31st July 2012.
She recognized Rawlins for the many lessons he taught her through his leadership over the past 4 years but regrets that he was unable to remain longer.
She was exceedingly proud of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court system and the many strides made over the past forty five years.
“As we continue into the future we remain true to our mission of serving the peoples of our ‘… Member States and Territories by providing access to a system of justice that is accountable and independent, and administered by officers in a prompt, fair, efficient and effective manner’,” said Chief Justice (Ag) Pereira.
“Be reminded that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is the Court of the people, and as such we are accountable to you,” said the Acting Chief Justice, who invited the people of the Eastern Caribbean to take the time and avail themselves of the various information resources that may be accessed on Court’s site
“Keep informed of our various initiatives and projects; view our decisions. We also welcome your suggestions and comments in a bid to enable this facility to be of optimum service to you our users,” said Acting Chief Justice Pereira in the message on the website.
She also says she has accepted the appointment with "great humility and pride."
“Humility in the realization that my singular efforts will be of no avail without the combined support of every judicial officer of the Court and the people of the Sub-region; but pride in the fact that the confidence has been placed in me to steer this illustrious Institution as it continues to facilitate equity in access of justice to the people of the OECS,” said the Acting Chief Justice in a message on the Court’s website www.eccourts.org.
In offering her enduring commitment to the law, to justice and to serving the residents of the nine (9) Member States/Territories, Justice Pereira said she recognizes that she will be building on the solid foundation of the many stalwarts who have preceded her.
“I wish to especially thank my immediate predecessor Chief Justice Sir Hugh Anthony Rawlins who retired from the Court on 31st July 2012, for the many lessons I have learnt through his leadership, which I have been privileged to view up close, for the past four years. I regret that he was unable to remain longer. I thank him wholeheartedly for his guidance and friendship,” said Justice Pereira.
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