Jamaican Ann-Marie Smith Is New BVI Judge

Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist | February 12, 2018 10:38 am MST
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A new Judge will be arriving in the Territory this week, to take up appointment in the High Court.

BVI Platinum News has confirmed that recently appointed High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Ms. Ann-Marie Smith has been assigned as High Court Judge to the BVI.

The Jamaican native’s tenure in the Territory will officially take effect from Thursday, 15th February.

Justice Smith, who is no stranger to the BVI, was formerly the Chief Magistrate of Belize since 2011, and brings almost 30 years of experience in the legal field.

Justice Smith has served in various capacities, including law clerk, judicial assistant and magistrate, in countries such as the BVI and St. Lucia.

She replaces Justice Nicola Byer, who is now serving as a Judge in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Byer, a native of Barbados, presided over several high profiles cases in the BVI during her time on the bench.

Since the September disasters, civil cases in the High Court are being held at the High Court Registry.

Also, recently, Hon. Dame Janice Mesadis Pereira, DBE, Chief Justice, directed that the sitting of the Court of Appeal in the BVI be held from Monday, 26th February 2018 to Friday, 2nd March 2018.
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