The role of Attorney General serves as the principal legal adviser to the Government as established by the Constitution, and has the overall responsibility for all aspects of civil litigation. Manages the day-to-day administration and activities of the Attorney General’s Chambers.
- Ensures the smooth and efficient operation of the Department and the supervision of staff.
- Serves as the principal legal adviser to the Government on constitutional matters and all other issues relating to the law or having legal implications.
- Represents the Crown in all civil proceedings relating to or affecting the Crown.
- Serves as a Member of the Cabinet, National Security Council and the Prerogative of Mercy Committee and advises Cabinet as may be necessary in its decision-making process.
- Serves as an Ex-Officio of the House of Assembly, Pilots Bills and renders advice on legal issues arising with respect to the proceedings of the House of Assembly and other matters relating thereto.
- Negotiates contracts for and on behalf of the Government.
- Represents and defends the Government in international fora on matters affecting the Territory’s interests, particularly in the financial services field.
- Maintains within the Chambers oversight on the assignment and execution of work emanating from other Government Ministries and Departments.
- Serves as the Territory’s central authority in the processing of mutual legal assistance matters.
- Liaises with the Governor and the Commissioner of Police on security matters to stem the spread of crime in the Territory.
- Provides guidance on legislative matters, including the formulation and drafting of legislation.
- Performs functions given to the Attorney General by statutes.
- Serves as the Accounting Officer for the Attorney General’s Chambers.
- Prepares and manages the Department’s Annual Budget.
- Ensures the preparation and submission of Performance Planning and Appraisal Report for all staff.
- Develops and implements strategic plans.
- Performs any other related duties as required by the Governor or Deputy Governor in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department.
- Bachelor of Laws Degree or equivalent
- Bar Professional Training Course Certificate (BPTC)
- Admitted to the BVI Bar or imminent Call or other common law Bar qualifications
- Ten (10) years post qualification experience
- Expert knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
- Expert knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules of the BVI jurisdiction
- Expert knowledge of and experience in Court proceedings
- Expert knowledge of applicable statutes and statutory interpretation
- Ability to master and interpret legislation
- Expert legal research skills
- Expert analytical, negotiating, interpersonal and organisational skills
- Sound knowledge of the use of standard office equipment and computer applications
- Expert oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work well under pressure
- Excellent leadership and management skills