His Excellency the Governor, after considering the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, has approved the contractual appointment of Mr. Baba Aziz to the post of Attorney General, Attorney General's Chambers effective February 10, for a period of three years.
Mr. Aziz has over 25 years of legal experience in the Commonwealth of Africa, particularly Ghana and Gambia and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Over 10 of those years were served in the Attorney General’s Chambers of the Virgin Islands where he served as Acting Attorney General from June 2010 to December 2011. He initially joined the Attorney General’s Chambers in June 2001 as a Senior Crown Counsel and was subsequently promoted to the post of Principal Crown Counsel in 2007. He also acted as Solicitor General.
Mr. Aziz holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from The American University in Washington, D.C., a professional certificate of law from the Ghana School of Law and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana. Additionally, he holds a certificate in International Human Rights Laws from Hague Academy of International Laws and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights.
His other work experience includes Research Counsel /Private Legal Practitioner at Basangsang Law Chambers, The Gambia, West Africa and Legal Counsel of Assets Management & Recovery Corporation in Gambia.
As Attorney General, Mr. Aziz will serve as the chief legal advisor to the Government as established by the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007. He will also serve in an advisory role as a member of Cabinet, the National Security Council, the House of Assembly and the prerogative of Mercy Committee. He will also be responsible for managing the administration and activities of the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Mr. Baba Aziz succeeds Dr. Christopher Malcolm who was appointed Attorney General from January 2012 to December 2014.