Wilma Lewis named District Court chief judge
Published: August 17, 2013
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ST. CROIX - District Judge Wilma Lewis was named chief judge of the District Court of the Virgin Islands on Friday, becoming the first woman to hold the position.
Glenda Lake, clerk of the court, said Friday that Lewis will assume the position of chief judge in accordance with federal law, which requires that the chief judge position of each federal court change every seven years.
Lewis, who is in the St. Croix District of the federal court, succeeds District Judge Curtis Gomez, who has served as chief judge for seven years, beginning in August 2006, and will continue now to serve as a district judge in the St. Thomas-St. John District.
Lewis said it will be an honor for her to serve as chief judge of the court, adding that she is assuming the role at a time when the federal government's budgetary crisis presents significant challenges for the effective operation of the federal judiciary.
"Notwithstanding these challenges, the judges and employees of the District Court remain committed to the fair, impartial and effective administration of justice," she said.
Lewis said she looks forward to working with her judicial colleagues and the District Court staff in her new capacity, as well as with judges of the local courts, members of the Virgin Islands Bar and the community at-large, as everyone strives for continued improvements of the judicial system .
Lake said that just more a year ago, in July 2011, Lewis became the first woman appointed as a District judge in the territory. She will now be known as the first woman to serve as chief judge of the Virgin Islands' District Court.
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