The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is pleased to announce the celebration of its 50th Anniversary! The Court was inaugurated on 27th February 1967, replacing the Supreme Court of the Windward and Leeward Islands, which served the territories of the Eastern Caribbean, now members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), when the islands began their movement towards political independence from Britain.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has jurisdiction in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Montserrat. The court has gained renowned success as a superior court of record.
The Golden anniversary of the ECSC is not only cause for celebration, but it is also a time for reflection on our past and future. Her Ladyship, the Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, Chief Justice, is inviting the public to be a part of the celebration of this milestone because this is our court, and our achievement. Therefore, we all have reason to celebrate! Together, we can sustain the ECSC’s longstanding tradition of excellence by learning from our past, building on our strengths, adapting to change, and embracing the future. Hence, the theme for the 50th anniversary – “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future”.
The Court of Appeal sitting commencing on the 27th February, 2017 coincides with the date of the anniversary and the Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira DBE and seven (7) Court of Appeal Justices will be in Antigua and Barbuda to celebrate this milestone in the Court’s history in addition to the four (4) resident judges.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has planned a number of celebratory activities in the various Member States and Territories. In Antigua and Barbuda the celebrations will commence with a church service on 26th February 2017 at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 4pm , The Venerable Franklin Reid officiating. This will be followed by a Special Sitting of the Court on the 27th February, 2017 at 9 am, the actual birth date of the Court, at the Halls of Justice, Parliament Drive, St. John’s, Antigua. The Chief Justice will deliver a celebratory message and other addresses will be given by the Honourable Attorney General, Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Gerald Watt QC, Mr. Justin L. Simon QC and C. Debra Burnette, President of the Antigua and Barbuda Bar Association.
The Antigua and Barbuda Bar Association will make an appearance on “Good Morning Antigua” on Friday the 3rd March, 2017 and there will be an Exhibition at the Halls of Justice, Parliament Drive, St. John’s depicting the Court House in 1967 ( now the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda) commencing on the 27th February, 2017. An Anniversary Lecture will also be held for the Judges and Attorneys and other events are planned for the year anniversary year.