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The Honourable Justice Pearletta Lanns

The Honourable Justice Pearletta Lanns

The opening of the new second high court at the Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore Judicial Complex in Basseterre, St. Kitts, has seen the appointment of a second judge to serve the St. Kitts Circuit – Her Ladyship, the Honourable Justice Pearletta Lanns, a Nevisian. In 1985, Justice Lanns, on completion of her library degree, attended the UWI Open Campus in St. Kitts and Nevis and joined the Challenge Programme, which had offered a first year Law LLB of the degree programme. She later obtained her legal education certificate in 1995 from the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago and was admitted to the Bar in St. Kitts and Nevis that same year.

Justice Lanns has served as Crown Counsel, Registrar of Companies, Registrar of the High Court, Provost Marshall, Additional Magistrate, Deputy Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Registrar of Lands and Deeds, Registrar of Probate and Registrar of Intellectual Property. Justice Pearletta Lanns was appointed to the post of Master of the Supreme Court in 2007. She was the first female in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to be appointed to the position. Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris welcomed Justice Lanns, and underscored the government’s promise of having a second high court, which forms part of the government’s good governance agenda which promotes transparency and accountability. The second high court is now served by the Hon. Justice Pearletta Lanns and the Prime Minister Harris noted that the opening of the second high court and the appointment of a new judge will speed up the workings of the justice system and lead to a significant reduction in the backlog of cases. Justice, then, will be more swiftly obtained in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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