The planned new court and police building on Court Street will be named after the late PLP leader and barrister Dame Lois Browne-Evans, government has announced. There will also be a bronze bust or statue of her in the building.

And, as of next year, May 24 will be officially renamed as National Heroes Day and Dame Lois will be the first person officially designated as a national hero.

Dame Lois died in May two days before her 80th birthday.

Premier Ewart Brown in a statement said: "Dame Lois long believed there was a need to instil national pride in our people. I share that belief, and in a very strong way this Government has made Dame Lois' wish come true. She would never have chosen herself for this sort of adulation; I'm proud we could do it for her because she did so much for all of Bermuda."

Cultural Affairs Minister Wayne Perinchief initially asked the public how the Dame should be remembered back in July. There were 101 submissions. Dr. Brown said: "This is a great day for our country. Our country's matriarch is getting her just due. We collectively mourned when Dame Lois passed and now we can truly begin the process of celebrating her life."

Dame Lois was Bermuda's first female barrister, Bermuda's first female Attorney General and the first woman to become Opposition Leader in a British Commonwealth country when she became leader of the PLP in 1968.