St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A Special Sitting of the High Court in Basseterre on Monday February 27 marked the golden anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Remarks from Resident Judge Trevor Ward and Attorney General Vincent Byron and recorded video message of the Chief Justice Janice Pereira were the featured presentations.
Attorney General Vincent Byron traced the history of the court in an interview with WINN 98.9 after the proceedings.
“February 27th marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. It was not always called the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, back in the 1967 it was the West Indies Associated Supreme Court, having being formed by an order in council, Queen Elizabeth II signed an order at Buckingham Palace on Feb 22 on the basis of section 6 of the West Indies Act that would have started the process of a number of our countries in the Eastern Caribbean toward independence. We moved from colonial status, to associated states of Britain and finally to independence. We here in St Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla at the time got our associated status on this day along with Antigua and Barbuda. Other countries in the sub-region followed the next being St Vincent and the Grenadines in 1967 and the others followed.”
He remembered some of the turbulence at a time when the movement for political independence had begun.