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UPDATE: Gov't confirms VINO story on DDP appointment

- UK national Kim Hollis QC is the new Director of Public Prosecutions of the Virgin Islands
Hours after Virgin Islands News Online first and accurately reported that UK national Kim Hollis QC was tipped to be the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the Virgin Islands, Government confirmed our story today, July 13, 2016. Photo:
Senior Crown Counsel Valston M. Graham (left) and United Kingdom National Kim Hollis QC have made the final list for the position of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Photo: Facebook/Internet Source
Senior Crown Counsel Valston M. Graham (left) and United Kingdom National Kim Hollis QC have made the final list for the position of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Photo: Facebook/Internet Source
Current DPP Wayne L. Rajbansie’s four year tenure in the Virgin Islands (VI) has been a mixed one. Photo: VINO/File
Current DPP Wayne L. Rajbansie’s four year tenure in the Virgin Islands (VI) has been a mixed one. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Hours after Virgin Islands News Online first and accurately reported that UK national Kim Hollis QC was tipped to be the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the Virgin Islands, the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government confirmed our story today, July 13, 2016.

This news site had reported that Hollis and Senior Crown Counsel Valston M. Graham had emerged as the final two applicants to be considered for the post to be vacated by Trinidad national Wayne L. Rajbansie.

In confirming our story, a Government Information Service (GIS) press release stated that the appointment was made by His Excellency the Governor, John S. Duncan, OBE, in accordance with section 95 of the Virgin Islands Constitution, and acting in accordance with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. The appointment will take effect on August 29.

Responsibilities of DPP

The Director of Public Prosecutionserves as the principal prosecutor in the Virgin Islands as established by the Constitution, and has the overall responsibility for all aspects of criminal proceedingsand management of the day-to-dayadministration and activities of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In this capacity, Ms Hollis, QC will 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. Additionally, she will provide written legal advice to Commissions, Government Ministries and Departments, as well as attend meetings to provide immediate oral advice on legal matters as required, in order to provide timely and professional information.

Her other responsibilities will include 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.


Ms Hollis was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1979, and has been in practice for 35 years. She has extensive experience in criminal courts in Wales, England and Bermuda. An exclusively criminal specialist for many years, she has gained experience in many high profile criminal cases, first as a junior and then as leading counsel.

Her career, from an early stage, has spanned all levels of serious crime. She is frequently sought out on high profile fraud cases including most recent the Pakistan Cricket Allegations. She is highly experienced in cases of the most violent crimeswith sensitivity to the cultural issues that are involved.

Ms Hollis holds a specialist knowledge and understanding of cases involving serious violence and sexual offences committed towards children, where detailed forensic skills are required in court presentation.

In addition, she is experienced in International Mediation. Her areas of legal expertise include crime, fraud and financial regulation, international criminal law,confiscation and proceeds of crime act, prison law, inquests and public enquiries.

Ms Hollis was appointed a Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn in 2008 and in 2013, she was appointed as a Member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Diplomatic Excellence panel. In 2014, she was appointed as the Diversity Advisor to the Legal Directorate of the FCO. Ms Hollis is an Accredited School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (SPCP) International and National Mediator, and she is also on the list of counsel for instruction in cases at the International Criminal Court, the GIS press release stated.

See previous article published July 13, 2016

Asian tipped to be next DPP? Two final names emerge

- out of the final four, two names have been eliminated: Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit & Patrick Thompson

The race for the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) post is on, with our newsroom first and accurately reporting on the final list in an article dated June 7, 2016.

According to our National Democratic Party sources close to the process, two names have been eliminated from the final four, that of Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit and Defense Attorney Patrick Thompson.

The sources claimed that “Tiffany and Patrick have already gotten their letters that they did not make it… the letter was emailed a few days ago…”

Two names have been left in the pool, that of United Kingdom National Kim Hollis QC and Senior Crown Counsel Valston M. Graham.

Who is the front runner Hollis QC?

It is unclear if Mr Graham got a letter, however, the source confirmed that “once the negotiation on salary is finalised it looks like it will be Kim Hollis…”

Ms Hollis, an Asian, was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1979 and took silk in 2002, becoming the first female Asian QC in the United Kingdom, according to research.

She has been a criminal specialist of over 30 years and has experience in most violent crimes. According to research, Kim Hollis QC is associated with areas such as Fraud and Financial Regulation, International Criminal Law and Inquest and Public Enquires.

Rajbansie out!

Meanwhile, the current DPP Wayne L. Rajbansie’s four year tenure in the Virgin Islands (VI) has been mixed with wins of some high profiled cases as well as some knock out by others.

It was a low point for Mr Rajbansie and his Office when on Friday July 24, 2015 some six media houses in the VI were summoned by him to appear before the criminal court with charges and complaints unknown.

Many in the legal fraternity, civil society, the political class and the media labeled his actions as abuse of power. It was also unfortunate that during his rant in court on the same day, he singled out Virgin Islands News Online; however, Mr. Rajbansie could not explain the reason in court for such a reckless attack.

Mr Rajbansie’s last day in office is expected to be August 15, 2016.

Locals need not apply!

For the past ten years plus, the post of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has never been filled by a local. Prior to Rajbansie being in Office, Ms Elizabeth Hinds, a native of Guyana, was appointed DPP, but her stint was short lived. She came in June 2010 and departed in August 2012.

Before Ms Hinds, another non-national (Terrence Williams), a native of Jamaica, held the post for a number of years. Mr Williams' contract ended in January 2010.

Mr Williams, who has since moved back to his native Jamaica, was regarded highly by the legal fraternity in the Virgin Islands and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

However, earlier this year Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), called for a local to be considered for the post, as the seasoned politician believes there are locals who can do the job.

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37 Responses to “UPDATE: Gov't confirms VINO story on DDP appointment”

  • for real (13/07/2016, 12:01) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    vino you all on top of ting mehson
  • Serpico (13/07/2016, 12:19) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    was Patrick serious about a government job?
    • NICK (14/07/2016, 09:44) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      He to full of himself. He is nothing but an opportunist if you ask me.
  • B Real (13/07/2016, 13:05) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    OH OH she might be sending nuff local spoil children EVEN with name straight prison.
  • ting to talk (13/07/2016, 14:08) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    rumor has it st. kitts looking for a DPP and interested in Graham
    • @ ting to talk (13/07/2016, 14:59) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      So what if that is so he qulified
      • @ting (13/07/2016, 18:42) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        Happy for him if he his qualified they obviously have looked at HIS CV and like what they see unlike them here in the BVI. If he does decide to leave that office gone to hell without the handbasket
        • * (15/07/2016, 15:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Gone where it went a long time ago? The bigoted egotist created so much havoc there it ain't funny. Sure them people preparing to breathe sighs of relief.
          Who know know an' who ane know will wonder.
  • mary k (13/07/2016, 14:27) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    How this info got on the streets
  • eye spell (13/07/2016, 14:43) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo look this lady up, she QUALIFIED! Serious lawyer, we shall see
  • Holdit!! (13/07/2016, 17:15) Like (24) Dislike (36) Reply
    They couldn't find a Caribbean national? Why the hell they had to bring one from UK? She white or brown or Asian or what? It looks as if they want to bring in all white UK nationals to fill key positions. Mine eh? Black Lives Matter in the Virgin Islands also. When you rub us too hard, we unite.
    • Really (13/07/2016, 19:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I Trudy that you speaking for your self but us lol
    • :( (13/07/2016, 19:24) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Man you is an idiot! Selfish backwater racist!
    • tretretrete (13/07/2016, 21:45) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
      What are we doing to make sure that we are ready for these positions? Times have changed we need real qualifications now not just a local name. And the inhouse local candidate for the post needs to get a better attitude if she wishes to move up.
    • PHD (14/07/2016, 09:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @holdit!! go get an education!!!
    • Really? (14/07/2016, 11:56) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Holdit!!!, Unite? You have no idea what unite means. Yes, Black Lives Matter. However, the way people treat each other don't seem that way. Everyone here is for and about self, killing each other, tearing each other down and not about extending a helping hand to your fellow man without a price tag attach to it. Unity is coming together and working to make things better.
    • Nuts (14/07/2016, 13:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Black on black shootings in the states is out of control , you will never unite until you get educated.
  • more in the mota (13/07/2016, 20:54) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Why would a sucessful qc take a civil service job?
    • Blindbathemeius (14/07/2016, 10:03) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
      I was asking the same thing. Why this QC coming to the Virgin Islands for a job? It would have to be a better job for me to move here. Or is it part of their plan to whiten the civil service. Many are here with blinders on, but ask for a spirit of discernment and you will understand. UK frigg up now, them aint know where they are going or coming with their immigration issues, and many leaving. Where to? To other OTs to try to put us on plantation again. It was once yours, but you wouldn't get it again. Like Israel we are saying, never, never again to being your slaves.
  • hm (13/07/2016, 21:15) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Wouldn't mind if they would share some of their experience and help train up some of the locals but they tend not to.
    • On looker (13/07/2016, 22:53) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
      I disagree with your statement HM the locals are not interested in understudying the expats who is over them, I aint asking you I telling you.
  • Just wondering (13/07/2016, 23:12) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    So where are the locals couldn't the find one?
  • 123 (13/07/2016, 23:44) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    vino is always right
  • vex (14/07/2016, 00:29) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    She better say on vino side
  • wize up (14/07/2016, 02:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I could tell yu!!!!
  • Hmm (14/07/2016, 04:57) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow no pussyfooting around they brought in a specialist to deal with the corruption cases that are going to follow? No way a woman of her experience coming to little BVI to be DPP.
  • Not2Sure (14/07/2016, 06:15) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    i am convince VINO got these NDP singing like canneries
  • ha (14/07/2016, 07:48) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    I really wonder if this lady will stay in the job too long. There is a serious skills gap all around including the police. Ms DPP will have to lower her work expectations significantly to survive and maintain her sanity.
  • Trust Me (14/07/2016, 11:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is ready, you think she did not do her research and know what she is stepping into? I bet she is going to be fair but, she is going to set things straight.
  • Mandingo (14/07/2016, 12:37) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kim ...Welcome to the Beautiful British Virgin Islands. Please do not meditate on the blogs .. they are quite informative at times, quite humorous at other times but most times are pure rubbish. Be positive...keep your head up and know that what God has for you no man can take it away. All the best!
  • Waney (14/07/2016, 13:39) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    I think Wayne did a good job in putting a structure in place...the DPP office functioning far better than it use to...he didn't build Rome in a day but I think he's done a good job and all the best to him in what he chooses to do next. God bless
    • Just Curious (15/07/2016, 08:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I wonder where in the BVI are you living? Must be Salt Island. Wayne in my opinion is the worst thing that happen to the DPP office since............ Since I don't know. I thought Mrs. Hinds was bad but Wayne makes Mrs. Hinds look like a scholar.
  • 2% (14/07/2016, 17:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pretty lady ... All the best!
  • 911 (14/07/2016, 17:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    well sah
  • potter (15/07/2016, 06:45) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Crown counsel Potter is shortlisted.they should give him a "do"
  • Just Curious (15/07/2016, 08:01) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now that we have a new DPP and Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe was eliminated from the top two position, does this means that Valston Graham will now be promoted from Senior Crown Counsel to Principal Crown Counsel? Just asking since it is obvious that the Senior Crown Counsel obviously did better than his senior.

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