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Local Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit appointed Acting DPP

- following departure of UK national Kim Hollis QC in December 2019
Principal Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit has been appointed as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions with effect from December 14, 2019. Photo: GIS
Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms Kim Hollis, QC resigned in December 2019. Photo: VINO/File
Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms Kim Hollis, QC resigned in December 2019. Photo: VINO/File
The Director of Public Prosecution serves as the principal prosecutor in the Virgin Islands as established by the Constitution and has the overall responsibility for all aspects of criminal proceedings and management of the day-to-day administration and activities of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Photo: VINO/File
The Director of Public Prosecution serves as the principal prosecutor in the Virgin Islands as established by the Constitution and has the overall responsibility for all aspects of criminal proceedings and management of the day-to-day administration and activities of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Principal Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit has been appointed as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions with effect from December 14, 2019.

Mrs Esprit’s acting appointment came after the resignation of former DPP, Ms Kim Hollis, QC in December 2019.

Virgin Islands News Online had first and accurately reported on October 8, 2019 that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and United Kingdom (UK) national, Kim Hollis QC, had tendered her resignation and that her final day on the job would be December 13, 2019.

Ms Hollis was appointed DPP effective August 29, 2016, by former Governor Mr John S. Duncan, OBE.

According to a press release from the Deputy Governor’s Office, Mrs Scatliffe-Esprit is acting in the position until the formal recruitment process for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions is filled.

Mrs Scatliffe-Esprit was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2005 and the Bar in the Virgin Islands in 2006. She was inducted into the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2015 and received her Master of Law from the University of Liverpool 2017. She received a Diploma in Human Resources Management, Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management and Diploma in Workforce Management and Development from Michigan State University in April, 2019.

‘A bright side’ to former DPP departure

Deputy Governor Mr David D. Archer, in a press release on October 9, 2019 had said Ms Hollis’ wealth of experience would be missed but an opportunity had been created for someone else to rise to the challenge.

“For those rising through the legal profession, there is something of a bright side to Ms Hollis’ departure: An opportunity now exists for the next DPP to rise to meet the challenge of this post and I call on others to consider employment with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and in other roles needed to ensure optimum functioning of this critical Office.”

The Director of Public Prosecution serves as the principal prosecutor in the Virgin Islands as established by the Constitution and has the overall responsibility for all aspects of criminal proceedings and management of the day-to-day administration and activities of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Director is responsible for liaising with the Governor, Commissioner of Police and other institutions on criminal matters and managing all summary court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council matters.

20 Responses to “Local Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit appointed Acting DPP”

  • Hmmm (10/01/2020, 16:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Really like @#$%, mison

  • Xxx (10/01/2020, 16:52) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    What a long night
  • Nice (10/01/2020, 16:57) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congrats to ya...from your Nottinghill Carnival boy!
    • TOTAL (10/01/2020, 17:41) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      Total and Yellow from here why don't we put them to the test also? This from here thing is what will kill this country...find experience qualify people to do our work without fair of favor or YES YES
  • Oh.. (10/01/2020, 17:06) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    Well is now cor****n gone to a higher lever.

  • Teacher (10/01/2020, 17:36) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    She needs a lot of help
    • Jaigon (10/01/2020, 18:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

      @ Teacher, agreed but sadly though the other counsel she have down there in that office cannot help her but as the old saying goes you make your bed you will lie in it. On a serious note I believe she will do a better job than Kim Hollis who I consider to be a total waste of time and never took the time to learn the BVI laws. She left but will surely cause the government to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars in malicious prosecution cases. Listen for all the suits.

  • Zone 6 (10/01/2020, 18:04) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Congrats Tiffany well deserved don’t mind the haters do your best as always
    • Tortorlian (10/01/2020, 18:28) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      ITS NOT ABOUT HATERS WE LOST MANY CASES BECAUSE OF BAD SUPERVISION FROM HER..
  • i from here (10/01/2020, 18:12) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    She born here bottom line
    • Edmond says (11/01/2020, 09:17) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      ... but lives in STT. I hope that she is registered for tax - it would be unfortunate if the new DPP was breaking the law in the USVI.
  • Jacperlance (10/01/2020, 18:13) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Although I am in favor of putting our people in key positions like that of DPP, AG, etc. I firmly believe this this is not the right choice. This from here or one ah we mentally should not earn anyone key position like that of DPP. I have absolutely nothing against Mrs. Scatliffe-Esprit but I personally has observed her performance in Magisrtate’s, Supreme and Court of Appeal Courts and in my honesty opinion she is not ready for the position of DPP. The powers that be sees it fit to put her in that key position so I will like to wish her all the best and hopes that she count it a blessing and a learning experience and also that she will have a serious examination of her own personal attitude because I do believe that her attitude is what killing her. My humble opinion.
    • Peaches (10/01/2020, 23:29) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      You are so right. I have observed her as well and she is not ready for this post. She does not speak as a litigant should. (With confidence) A lot of cases will be lost.
  • Hope (10/01/2020, 19:05) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I’m hoping she is not currupt.
  • ReX FeRal (10/01/2020, 20:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why acting?
  • Wow (10/01/2020, 23:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    nice smile
  • @hope (11/01/2020, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hmmmm, keep hoping.
  • SAY (11/01/2020, 13:09) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I truly believe Valston Graham would have an excellent job in that post....she have lost too many cases because of poor judgement and vex when she lose a case..
  • Hmmm (11/01/2020, 22:14) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Attitude and lack of experience haave nothing to with getting a top post. She’s a bvislander with a degree. Others got a chance in that merit. Giver her a chance. No need to change the game for one.
  • oh (12/01/2020, 22:37) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Haters please leave mrs Esprit alone . If you are perfect go ask for the job. This lady is trying her best for years at the ddp's office. No one knows it all. Stop the bashing ,. If it was a white person some of you will shut ........but it is black sister . Suddenly she is not qualified ,she has attitude problem etc. Haters haters haters God is taking note of your ignorance.


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