The governments of the jurisdictions that are serviced by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) were called on to deliver needed and promised funding to the sub-regional legal institution.
The call was made by Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Dame Janice M. Pereira on 13 January at the ceremony to mark the start of the new law term. The Chief Justice in her traditional address to the sub-region spoke under the banner “A new era for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court: the Road to achieving Court Excellence.”
In making the request for support she said, “I once more call on the executives of our governments, across the region, to do more than provide lip service support to the Court.”
As major regional institution the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court provides services to the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as the three British Overseas Territories of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat.
However, it was noted by the Chief Justice that funding promises were not fully realized. “If we fail to appreciate our human resources and if the doors of our courts are closed…our basic facilities fail to be provided for, then our reforms, no matter how well intended, come to nought,” the Chief Justice said.