First President of the Supreme Court of Cassation of Cyprus
Persefoni Panayi was born on 23.11.1954 in England. On completing her secondary school education, she read law at the London School of Economics, University of London.
After relocating to Cyprus, she practiced law for 10 years, until September 1988 when she was appointed as Acting District Judge. In September 1989 she was appointed District judge, a position held until December 1996 when she was promoted to Senior District Judge. Four years later she was appointed to the position of President, District Court.
She has served as President of the District Courts of Larnaca, Limassol and Nicosia and as Administrative President of the District Court of Larnaca-Famagusta and has also presided over the Permanent Assize Court.
Justice Panayi was appointed to the Supreme Court on the 29th August 2012 and took up appointment as President of the Court on 10th November 2020.
She is the chairperson of the Rules Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court to collaborate with an Expert Group under the guidance of the Rt. Hon. Lord Dyson for the purpose of reviewing and modernizing the Civil Procedure Rules.
She is also on the list of ad hoc judges of the European Court of Human Rights.