Office of the DPP in the British Virgin Islands

Two fixed term (6 month) positions have become available in the Office of the DPP in the British Virgin Islands


Job Title: Senior Crown Counsel Reports To:


Director of Public Prosecutions BVI/FCO CJA
Department: BVI Office of the DPP Commencement



As soon as possible/January 2019




£50,000 inclusive of airfare and accommodation

Contract type  

Fixed Term


Role Purpose
Two fixed term (6 month) positions have become available in the Office of the DPP in the British Virgin Islands.  The successful applicants will spend 80% of time on the review and presentation of casework including the supervision of Crown Counsel, and 20% on developmental work including assisting the DPP’s office to meet the recommendations made by the National Risk Assessment through the development of processes and delivery of training.
Areas of Responsibility
Vetting (charging) To provide advice and charging authority to the Royal Virgin Islands Police in line with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and BVI legislation.
Review and presentation To review cases and prepare for trial including the service of papers         on the Court and Parties, and to have conduct of the most complex cases including criminal proceeds, drug trafficking and asset recovery. The post holder will be responsible forreviewing incoming “vetting” files, advising upon and preparingcharges and disclosure from the earliest possible stage.

To assimilate evidence and to interpret and apply local legislation and common law authorities effectively. The post holder musthave a well-developed knowledge of criminal law, procedure and evidence and be able to demonstrate excellence in legal analytical “written advocacy” and drafting skills including correspondence,pleadings and applications.

To build robust cases to high standards with minimalsupervision maintaining a comprehensive written record of key decisions and actions taken.

Advocacy To appear in the Magistrates’ and High Court (Crown Court equivalent) and in the Court of Appeal.  To lead junior Counsel or to be led by the DPP or Deputy.
Supervision No direct line management responsibilities, but will proactively mentor and supervise Crown Counsel to improve casework quality and to ensure that appropriate deadlines and priorities are met. Toundertake a coaching and mentoring role to develop, superviseand train Crown Counsel and support staff within the ODPP,handling arrange of serious, complex and sensitive case work by sharing their expertise. To provide support to the DPP and Deputy DPP as required.
Developmental The post holder will be required to advise and to train Crown Counsel and law enforcement on aspects of the prosecutionprocess such as asset recovery, to assist in the development of processes including the compilation of performance monitoring and asset recovery data.  To lead a review of legislation and procedures with particular regard to asset recovery.  To support the DPP on a review of internal procedures and data collection with an emphasis on asset recovery. All developmental work to be supported by and delivered in conjunction with the FCO’s Criminal Justice Advisor.

Lines of Reporting


80% Casework – reporting directly to the DPP

20% Developmental – reporting to the FCO’s Criminal Justice Advisor


Qualifications and Experience


Applicants must be called to the Bar of England and Wales in order to hold Rights of Audience in the British Virgin Islands.  Applicants should have a minimum of six (6) years post qualification experience preferably with a substantial period of prosecution experience and be able to demonstrate excellent advocacy skills. Applicants must have good IT skills to support BVI in its move to digital working.


Contact Information



Please directly contact the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions at the Director’s Personal Assistant, Mrs Dahlia James [email protected] with a copy of your CV and expressions of interests.