Commissioner Carolyn P. Hermon-Percell

Carolyn P. Hermon-Percell is a retired Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. On March 23, 2022, the Legislature of the Virgin Islands unanimously approved her appointment by the Honorable Albert Bryan, Jr., Governor of the Virgin Islands of the United States, to a five-year term as the Commissioner from the District of St. Thomas-St. John to the Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission. She holds the office of Vice-Chair of the Commission.

Commissioner Hermon-Percell is a life-long resident of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She is a graduate of All Saints Cathedral School, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (1979); Georgetown University, Washington. D.C. (Bachelor of Arts in American Government, 1983); University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (Master of Public Administration, 1992); and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (Juris Doctor degree, 1995). Her professional career includes employment with the Legislature of the Virgin Islands (October 1983-August 1992); the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands (August 1995-August 1997); and the Law Offices of Percell & Hermon-Percell, P.C. where, from August 1997 to November 2013, she engaged in a private legal practice focusing on transactional matters, family law, wills, trusts, and probate. She was admitted to the Virgin Islands Bar (1995) and to practice before the District Court of the Virgin Islands and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

While managing the law firm and handling a busy caseload, Commissioner Hermon- Percell always found time to engage with the community. Her community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of Ebenezer Gardens Housing Community (independent living for senior and physically challenged persons) and on the Board of Governors of the Virgin Islands Bar Association. She provided many hours of pro bono legal services and presented legal information at estate planning seminars. She is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (American Bar Association), an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers due to their outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

In 2013, she was honored when the judges of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands appointed her as a Magistrate Judge in the St. Thomas-St. John Division. During her judicial tenure, she presided over hundreds of criminal (advice of rights, arraignment, minor misdemeanors), landlord-tenant, domestic violence, traffic, civil stalking-harassment, small claims, and probate cases. She was selected by the Presiding Judge to serve on the Virgin Islands Judicial Management Advisory Council (August 2015-November 2021) and on the Commission of Judicial Conduct (August 2016-August 2020). In 2016, the Virgin Islands Bar Association recognized her commitment to her judicial oath by presenting her with its President’s Award. After eight years with the Judiciary of the Virgin Islands, she retired from the bench on November 16, 2021.