The presentation of the Chief Justice was formally staged in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and beamed live via video broadcast, to each of the member OECS states, but individual programs were organized in the respective territories, including St. Kitts & Nevis.
Here in St. Kitts and Nevis a church service and a parade of legal practitioners, accompanied by the military band, got the activities on the way. Resident High Court Judge for St Kitts and Nevis, Justice Errol Thomas, accepted a salute from a special Guard of Honour, comprising representative units from the Defense Force and Police Department.
A small crowd gathered to witness the ceremony, held in front of the Sir Lee L Moore Judicial Complex, home of the High Court and Magistrate’s Court, located on East Independence Square Street, Basseterre. The Guard of Honour led by Inspector Stephen Hector, was inspected by Justice Thomas.
Following the public activities, the legal officers made their way to the inner sanctum of the judicial complex in preparation for various presentations, including the one from the Chief Justice.
Speaking from the High Court of Justice in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Justice Pereira thanked the Heads of Government of all the Eastern Caribbean States for affording her the opportunity to serve as Acting Chief Justice.
Justice Pereira also expressed gratitude to her predecessor Sir Hugh Anthony Rawlins for his dedicated service to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court saying that he (Sir Hugh) now joins the ranks of many great Chief Justices who have served the court as remarkable jurists and inspiring mentors.
“To Sir Hugh may I say that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court will continue to be grateful for your sterling contribution?”
Pereira is the first ever female to serve, though in an acting capacity for now, as Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
The address was carried live via simulcast to the other Member States and Territories, and was also broadcast throughout the region via the various local radio and television stations.
The St. Kitts leg of the opening also saw addresses being made by the Attorney General Patrice Nisbett, Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs. Pauline Hendrickson, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association Charles Wilkin and Justice Errol Thomas.