Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court turns 50

The Supreme Court will observe its golden jubilee with a number of celebratory activities in the various member states.

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) is pleased to announce the celebration of its 50th Anniversary.

The theme for the 50th anniversary is “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future: ECSC@50.”

The ECSC has planned a number of celebratory activities in the various member states and territories, including an “Anniversary Lecture” in Antigua and Barbuda.

The lecture will highlight the Court’s challenges and opportunities along with the role that the Court played in the development of jurisprudence in the OECS region since its inception in 1967.

It will be presented by His Lordship, the Hon. Justice Don Mitchell, Retired Justice of Appeal, on Feb. 27, at 6 p.m., at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa.

Her Ladyship, the Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, Chief Justice, is inviting all to be a part of the celebration of this milestone.

“This is our Court, and our achievement,” she said. “Therefore, we all have reason to celebrate.”

The Court, with headquarters in Castries, Saint Lucia, was inaugurated on Feb. 27, 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 and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Montserrat.