The new Law Year, 2018-2019 began on Tuesday 18 September 2018.
Members of the local law fraternity gathered for a religious service at the St. Gerrald’s Chapel and moved on to the Parliament Building where different addresses were made in recognition of the start of the law year.
Chief of Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Her Ladyship Janice Pereira spoke live through Simulcast from St. Kitts and Nevis.
“At this junction it is only fitting that I pause for a moment to express thanks to the Prime Minister and the Government of St. Lucia for quickly coming to the aid of the Virgin Islands in facilitating the temporary relocation of the Correction Division to St. Lucia during that time,” she said.
She also mentioned of how Hurricane Maria had struck Dominica last year after speaking about the Damage Hurricane Irma did last year to other OECS islands.
“Although disasters may cause the court to bow,” she said, “disasters must never cause the court to be broken.”
Justice Pereira also saluted the hard working men and women in the justice system.
“We also salute the hard working men and women who serve on the various the police force and correctional facilities.” She noted how these men and women work under trying circumstanced to keep us safe and secure “as best as the can.” “We also thank the Attorney’s General, the directives of Public Prosecution, Prosecutors, Crown Councils and members of the Bar across the OECS for the work they do and the role they play in maintaining the rule of law and the proper administration of justice in the region.”