Press Release

Office of the Deputy Governor
Supreme Court
The Courts
Release Date:
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 5:15pm

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court will commence the 2015 to 2016 Law Year with a ceremonial opening on Thursday, September 17.
The opening will be in the form of simultaneous special sittings in all nine Member States and Territories of the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

The proceedings in the Territory of the Virgin Islands will commence with a church service at the Apostolic Faith Church in Road Town at 8:00 a.m. It will be followed by a procession of the Judiciary, Magistracy and Bar Association members from the Apostolic Faith Church to the Supreme Court on Pickering Street.

His Excellency the Governor, Mr. John S. Duncan, OBE and Resident Judge, Her Ladyship the Honourable Madam Justice Vicki Ann Ellis, will inspect a Guard of Honour at the Supreme Court followed immediately by the commencement of the Special Sitting.

The Chief Justice’s opening address, which is considered the main event, will be broadcasted live from Grenada to the other Member States and Territories of the OECS by Her Ladyship the Honourable Chief Justice, Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE at 10:00 a.m. As Chief Justice, Her Ladyship is the presiding judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. She manages the affairs of the Court, which is responsible for interpreting and applying the laws of the various member states of the OECS in all matters brought before that body. The public can participate in this significant event by attending the Special Sitting of the Supreme Court in the Virgin Islands or via live streaming at

The mission of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is to serve its member states by providing access to a system of justice that is accountable, independent and administered by officers in a prompt, fair and efficient manner.


Colene A. Penn

Head of Communications
Recovery and Development Agency
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