The role of Director of Public Prosecutions serves as the principal prosecutor in the Virgin Islands as established in accordance with section 59 of the Virgin Islands Constitution, 2007. The role has the overall responsibility for all aspects of criminal proceedings and is the lead manager of the daily administration and activities of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
1. Institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any civil court in respect of any offence against any law in force in the Virgin Islands.
2. Take over and continues any such criminal proceedings that have been instituted by any other person or authority.
3. Discontinue at any stage before judgment is delivered any such criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by himself or herself or any other person or authority.
4. Prepare cases, draft charges and arguments, letters, opinions and legal documents as well as manage the preparation, filing and service of documents.
5. Provide written legal advice to Commissions, Government Ministries and Departments, and attend meetings to provide immediate advice on legal matters as required in order to provide timely and professional information.
6. Research, identify and recommend necessary amendments to modernise and improve criminal laws and procedures and the legal framework for the prosecution of matters.
7. Prepare and implement the necessary standards and codes of practice for relevant staff for the effective and efficient discharge of duties under the law.
8. Attend/Participate in relevant workshops and seminars and presents when requested in order to represent the Department and ensure awareness of up-to-date legislation, knowledge and information both locally and internationally.
9. Undertake general legal assignments including the vetting of legal matters.
10. Manage all summary court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Privy Council.
11. Serve on various committees as required.
12. Assume responsibility for the full range of legal decisions taken by Prosecution staff.
13. Liaise with the Governor, Commissioner of Police and other institutions on criminal matters.
14. Advise the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and other institutions/agencies on matters of criminal law, policy and practice; including reviewing files submitted by the police and deciding charges to be brought in all case.
15. Ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the Department and the supervision of staff.
16. Serve as the Accounting Officer and prepare and manage the Department’s Annual Budget.
17. Ensure the preparation and submission of Performance Planning and Appraisal Report for all staff.
18. Ensure the development and maintenance of staff’s capacity which includes the implementation of succession plans and the development of senior staff.
19. Develop and implement strategic plans for the development of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
20. Identify job specific and environmental factors, develop/enforce health and safety policies and mitigate and minimise hazards to promote health and safety of officers.
21. Liaise with external stakeholders a clear and consistent understanding of the mandates of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and increase community engagement to raise public confidence in the department.
Bachelor of Laws Degree, Master of Laws preferable or equivalent.
Bar Professional Training Course Certificate (BPTC) Admitted to the BVI Bar or imminent Call or other common law Bar qualifications
Seven (7) years minimum post qualification experience, ten (10) years experience preferred
Five (5) years’ experience supervising prosecutors or leading in a complex criminal litigation
Expert knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
Expert knowledge of the Criminal Law 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
Sound oral and written communication skills
Ability to work well under pressure
Excellent leadership and management skills
Sound knowledge of Government budget and accounting procedures
Qualification or extensive proven experience in financial crime litigation, including money laundering offences, and also in prosecuting criminal confiscation cases; and
Extensive knowledge in extradition and mutual legal assistance matters.