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Locals are shut out from DPP’s Office

-selection process takes too long; end up in private sector
Principal Crown Counsel, in the DPP’s Office, Mrs Tiffany Scatliffe – Esprit. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
The House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee has learnt that the opportunity to hire at least two qualified locals recently had been squandered. Photo: VINO/File
The House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee has learnt that the opportunity to hire at least two qualified locals recently had been squandered. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is looking to fill the gap in its human resources capacity but even as the agency looks to persons returning to the Territory to take up the post, the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee has learnt that the opportunity to hire at least two qualified locals recently had been squandered.

The Attorneys are now gainfully employed in the private sector as the DPP chambers continues in its search to fill its vacant posts—vacancies already putting a strain on the administration of justice in the Territory.

Too Long

The state of affairs was laid bare during the Finance Committee’s examination of the draft estimates for the DPP, for 2018.

Principal Crown Counsel, in the DPP’s Office, Mrs Tiffany Scatliffe – Esprit, speaking to challenges faced in recruiting persons, said most young people going into law these days do not want to go into criminal law and that there would need to be a way to get persons interested in that area.

She then informed Committee Members of one particular young man who had been eager to join the DPP Office and had applied.

He was never hired, since according to Mrs Scatliffe-Esprit, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) had taken too long to respond.

The DPP’s Principal Crown Counsel, highlighting another example for the Committee Members, pointed to a local young lady who had also applied to work with the DPP Office and was in fact shortlisted favourably since the office wanted her.


According to Mrs Scatliffe-Esprit, the young lady ended up working in the private sector and when asked, the young lady had said “the JLSC had taken too long to get back to her.”

As such, the Principal Crown Counsel bemoaned the need for accelerating the selection process in the employment of persons, “so that there can be a better chance of recruiting locals.”

The matter of employment was also explored further by Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) who queried an additional new post for Crown Counsel being catered for in the draft estimates for 2018.

He said there will be locals who are coming back to the Territory soon who would be able to fill the one new post and asked if they were also seeking to employ an additional Senior Crown Counsel.

Honourable Walwyn also enquired of the four existing Senior Crown Counsel positions, how many of them were locals.

She informed the member however, that there had been three Senior Crown Counsel posts filled with the addition of the one being requested and that one of those posts had been recently vacated.

As such, there are now two posts that need to be filled.

23 Responses to “Locals are shut out from DPP’s Office”

  • bat cave (09/06/2018, 10:51) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    what does funny man care about locals? He said there is no law to protect them so he grandstanding as usual
  • Rebecca (09/06/2018, 11:46) Like (14) Dislike (12) Reply
    WAIT a minute! Walwyn wears too many hats and who gave him all this power? He’s in education, running for Premier, electing prison supervisors and now inquiring about positions filled on the HOA? I smell an outside takeover on all levels and BVI Landers are being shoved OUT! More to come just watch. You all better wake the hell up, just like what I said about the UK years ago wanting to push us out completely, and here we are. These things were planned years ago and now being enforced. Just keep shutting your eyes to what’s right in front of your noses. SMFH!
  • JA (09/06/2018, 13:39) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Did she inform the SFC about the number of local attorney’s going through hell daily at the office and some are even pushed out because they stand for something. What about the young lady who was recently pushed out of that office and now have them before the court. Yet we are seeing them bringing in people who can barely move. Government needs to looked into that office seriously.
  • GREAT!! (09/06/2018, 14:10) Like (15) Dislike (10) Reply
    This is truly wonderful news.

    If there are no locals in criminal law it means two things:

    Firstly, that the BVI nationals who want to be in law are all employed where they chose, in the more prestigious and lucrative civil law. All countries struggle to have enough quality criminal lawyers for the same reasons.
    2nd There is less opportunity for nepotism and corruption in prosecution as any small population would be at risk of.

    Bring in the best quality from outside as soon as possible and get them here and paying rent, food, taxes, insurances, for restaurants and hotels, the lot. Do not delay.

    Same for financial services. If we need hundreds of permit holders it is because business is good which mean all the other businesses are good and that there are more opportunities here. Why o why are people languishing waiting on permits that we need to grant anyway and doing one year permits the whole time instead of two or three (we would get all that money up front now when we need it)?

    GET WOKE!!!!
  • Too many lies (09/06/2018, 15:28) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    The DPP’s office is not interested in hiring or retaining the current locals employed within that office.

    Actually, in recent times they have been making every effort to get the locals that are already employed terminated or removed from that very office and hire persons from abroad. The 3 most recently hired persons were from abroad and I am very sure locals could have filled those positions.

    There was a local young lady that was qualified as a lawyer that was hired not through JLSC but rather through Human Resources Department. By the way, no lawyer should be hired through HR but that just reflects in part how unlawful the government operates. In fact, the JLSC met after she was hired and appointed someone else to the same department, and that (first) lady mentioned was never asked by management to go before JLS to be rightfully appointed. Actually, she was told that she needed to work a year within the department before she could go before JLSC, which is not true.

    Nevertheless, a few weeks before she completed her one year probation, she was unfairly terminated by the Director of Human Resources at the request of the current Director of Public Prosecution not due to any underperformance by her but in their grand scheme to get rid of the locals and also because the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Principal Crown Counsel fail to show competence in leading and managing the office fairly and efficiently. The DPP’s office is adamant to hire the most intelligent persons but upon being hired, those persons are not permitted to think or function to their fullest capacity due to management being arrogant, thus stifling their growth & performance.

    So don’t let this article mislead you to think that that the DPP’s office have been trying to hire locals and that the JLSC has been taking long, hence persons get swayed into the private sector. The DPP wants to hire a team of British lawyers and the PCC wants to hire a team of overseas lawyers whose work permit/ continued employment would be at her mercy, as they would have to get their employment contract approved and renewed every 2 years and they are less likely to become permanent and pensionable.

  • Is that so ? (09/06/2018, 15:55) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    That local young man mentioned remained unemployed for many months even after the JLSC had met. He was never asked by the office to go before the JLSC nor called back when they met.

    Why are these lies being told.
  • Not true (09/06/2018, 16:15) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    The chronic lies need to stop. Once again locals are being shut out of the selection process in favor of expatriates. Just take a look beyond the smoke screen/mirror and see what is really happening in that office. It's about time the lies and hypocrisy stop and let truth and justice prevail.
  • Bout Time (09/06/2018, 18:14) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    ''Tis bout time people put pen to paper and let the public know what has been happening.
    Enough is enough.
  • Stop the oppression (09/06/2018, 20:53) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the management in the DPP’s office stop oppressing their staff, maybe they might start to win big cases.

  • weed (09/06/2018, 20:59) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    bring in who you want its open season
  • Well (09/06/2018, 21:14) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    And don’t be fooled to think that it’s the expatriates are the only ones who don’t want locals there. That same one who went before Standing Finance is GUILTY of not wanting her own people there. Be reminded that there is a God who is up high but looks down low.
    • tiFUNNY (10/06/2018, 02:08) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree that that same person who went to the commitee is a joker and She is just sitting around at her DESK in the office thinking that because she from Tola she's entitled to be DPP. They are a lot of infighting. She is the biggest culprit, lazy lazy woman and very layback waiting for DPP post. She needs to go and DPP to come in from outside. She's NOT ready or even qualify not intelligent enough for that post..
    • nonsense (11/06/2018, 16:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so right. One young man left because of the BS that was going on over there. The other senior crown counsel Leslie Ann, they trying like hell to get rid of her also. The same one who went before standing finance is one of the ring leaders.
  • Locals bring it on themselves (09/06/2018, 23:22) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    The comments made sound like the salty local staff of that office, you know the adjourn it we never ready or a poor excuse for why they cant get the work done. The expats came and worked. And for the tolian you trying to blame well when the idiots could not get me and daughter justice she came and helped . The former dpp helped and the current appears to be ok. But the locals dont want to work. Trust me i am a victim of their laziness, all they do is go to the dgo and complain and lie. The hrd needs to get their act together just like psc or is it HR. Locals do your work you making us all look bad. And why would someone ask for locals ic they did not want them. go do your work you shaming the country
  • brushy (10/06/2018, 08:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    who are we covering our country for ?
    solid seed of home grown soil who ?
  • bad mind (10/06/2018, 08:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    these people beginning to mess up our country,and not by our rules and regulations ,just by doing what they wanted .this has to come to and end and put back in place the way we used to live in hands of almighty in a respective manner .
  • Me say so! (10/06/2018, 10:05) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    We have nobody to be mad at but ourselves. All Governments past and present does not have their countrymen at heart. They have failed and continue to fail Virgin Islanders miserably. We might as well rename this place free for all.
  • joke (10/06/2018, 17:27) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Maybe this is one of the reason one of the newly cocky prosecutor believes that she is such an elephant in the Odpp. This little girl from st Lucia; she needs to humble. She has too much speed.
  • Kwoksa (11/06/2018, 10:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Internal cannibalization is the order of the day.
  • It Ain bout dat, but about this. (16/06/2018, 09:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    First of all, it's not about the locals not getting this and that. What the real issue is is this; the DPP has no clue what it means to lead. Worse yet, to lead an office that requires exceptional leadership, something she simply does not possess. Then there is Tiffany,who does 'any' thing including sacrificing her soul to try and make it to the top. The saddest part is that she has hit her plateau. Then there's the chap Oneal Simpson who sits in on the coup and terrorizes the hell out of anyone who shows any sign of being good at their craft, something he has failed miserably at. Go right ahead Foster, the new girl on the block I see, go ahead and allow yourself to be used (shame on you) at this early stage. Just like them you too shall perish. Back to Tiffany, I wonder when dat girl will ever dabble in just telling the truth, for God sake. An lard she lazy.

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