A veteran lawyer and judge from Virgin Gorda will be the first female chief justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal, officials said.

Janice Pereira, who was formerly known as Janice George-Creque, was named to the court’s highest post as of August 1, according to Government Information Services.

In a press release, Dr. Orlando Smith congratulated Ms. Pereira, saying that he was pleased that “another Virgin Islander is making history for these beautiful Virgin Islands.”

“She followed her dream and has now reached the highest pinnacle in her profession,” Dr. Smith said. “I encourage other Virgin Islanders to follow her lead: dream big and bring those dreams to reality through hard work, commitment, and perseverance. That is how success happens.”

According to GIS, Ms. Pereira’s legal career included stints at the VI law firms J. S. Archibald and Co., Harney’s. McW Todman and Co., and Ferara Kerins, where she was a partner. Ms. Pereira also acted as the territory’s registrar general, registrar of the High Court, registrar of companies and as a magistrate. She served as a High Court judge from 2003 to 2008 and an appeals court judge from 2009 to 2012, according to GIS.


See the Aug. 16, 2012 edition for full coverage.