To provide economic assistance and social support to the vulnerable within our community to aid them in overcoming situations that adversely affect their quality of life.


Step 1:  Applicants visits the department with completed Intake Application form.  In addition, persons must provide the interviewing officer with:

  • Photo Identification
  • Valid Proof of Income
  • Proof of Expenses
  • Any court documents pertaining to their court matter 

Step 2:  The completed application/case file is forwarded to the Secretary of the Legal Aid Board.

Step 3:  Upon receipt of the file, the Secretary or Social Worker contact the applicant to arrange an appointment to conduct an interview.

Step 4:  The interview and assessment entails a means test.  The means test assists with determining the applicant's eligibility to receive legal services under the scheme.

Step 5:  A Social Assessment Report is prepared within seven working days.

Step 6:  Cases are presented to the Legal Aid Board at their monthly meetings for consideration.

Step 7:  The Secretary advises the applicant of the outcome of their application via telephone contact and then with a written correspondence.

Additional Notes

Emergency situations will be dealt with within a 24 hour time frame.


Department Contact Information

Social Development

P.O. Box 3126
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Operates on a 24 hour basis

Email Address:

Main Office 
Telephone: 1(284) 468-3650
Emergency Number: 1(284) 468-9371
Fax: 1(284) 468-3695

Virgin Gorda Office
Telephone: 1(284) 468-6524
Emergency Number:1(284) 468-9373