Welcome To The Webpage Of The Director Of Public Prosecutions BVI

On our webpage you will find information for victims and witnesses, contact details for our teams and our latest news.  We hope you find the site useful.

About Us

Our aim is to help make BV-Islanders safer by bringing offenders to justice.  The main role of the DPP Office is to prosecute people charged with a criminal offence. Our lawyers determine the charge in all but traffic cases. They review the evidence gathered by the police and decide whether the case should go to court.

Their work involves:

  • deciding charges on cases for prosecution
  • reviewing prosecutions to ensure the right defendants are prosecuted on the right charges before the right court
  • preparing cases for court, presenting cases in magistrates’ courts, the high court and higher courts

Mission

To provide the people of the British Virgin Islands with an independent, professional and effective forensic prosecutorial service.

Our Role

  • We advise the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and other government departments and agencies on all cases for possible prosecutions;
  • We review cases submitted by the RVIPF and other government departments and agencies for prosecution; and 
  • We prepare and present cases in all courts: Magistrates’ Court; High Court Criminal Assizes; Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council;
  • We are responsible for making request to other jurisdictions for legal assistance in criminal matters, facilitated by the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Our Vision

Become the premier prosecutorial law chambers in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States.

Our Motto

Justitia Omnibus: Justice for all.

Our Core Values

We are committed to promoting law and order in our community and upholding professional ethics in the conduct of our duties. As a team, we are committed to:

  • Providing access to justice;
  • Ensuring justice for all;
  • The rule of law and equality before the law;
  • Prosecuting without fear or favour;
  • Honesty and professionalism;
  • Integrity and respect;
  • Accountability and efficiency;
  • Providing exceptional customer support;
  • Ensuring prompt payment to our suppliers;
  • Employee training; and 
  • Promoting a safe and healthy workplace.

Employment Opportunities Within The Department

Closing Date
Senior Crown Counsel

Senior Crown Counsel

Role Summary

The role of Senior Crown Counsel provide legal advice as well as prosecute cases in order to maintain the integrity of the legal system in a professional manner.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Serve as Senior Counsel in the Courts and assist Senior Officers during criminal trials in order to maintain the activities of the Court.
  2. Prepare cases, draft charges and arguments, letters, opinions and legal documents as well as manage the preparation, filing and service of documents.
  3. Prepare outgoing letters of request for legal assistance in criminal matters and advise on incoming letters of request for legal assistance in criminal matters when required.
  4. Provide written legal advice to Commissions, Government Ministries and Departments, and attend meetings to provide immediate oral advice on legal matters as required in order to provide timely and professional information.
  5. Attend/Participate relevant workshops and seminars and assist with presentations when requested in order to represent the Department and ensure awareness of up-to-date legislation, knowledge and information.
  6. Undertakes general legal assignments including the drafting and/or vetting of legal matters.
  7. Prepare for adjudication of matters, negotiate amicable settlements: contract or court.
  8. Serve on various committees as required.
  9. Supervise and lead Crown Counsel in the management of cases.
  10. Perform any other related duties as required by Supervisor or any other senior officer in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Barrister with a Certificate of Legal Education
  •                   OR
  • Equivalent Barrister Certification
  • Bar Professional Training Course Certificate (BPTC)
  • Admitted to the BVI Bar or imminent Call or other common law Bar qualifications
  • Five (5) years post qualification experience
  • One (1) to two (2) years high court experience
  • Expert knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Expert knowledge and experience in criminal prosecutions
  • Proven experience in criminal law in the areas of crime, money laundering and asset forfeiture
  • Excellent knowledge of applicable statutes and statutory interpretation
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience in Court proceedings
  • Ability to master and interpret legislation
  • Sound knowledge of the use of standard office equipment and computer applications
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and verbally
  • Sound analytical, negotiating, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Sound legal research skills
Closing Date:
12 July 2022
12 July 2022

Department Contact Information

To make contact with Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, see below for contact information:

Office Of The Director Of Public Prosecutions

P.O. Box 4572
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday  
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Email Address: dpp@gov.vg

Telephone: 1(284) 468-2951
Fax: 1(284) 468-2955