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Archive for June, 2021

Serious concerns raised about BVI’s jury laws

Serious concerns raised about BVI’s jury laws

Two leading authorities in the local criminal-justice system — the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Commissioner of Police have both raised serious concerns about the laws that govern juries in the BVI. One of those concerns is the […]

by / on June 25, 2021 at 10:21 AM /
Limited intel sharing, distrust across law enforcement agencies

Limited intel sharing, distrust across law enforcement agencies

Police Commissioner Mark Collins has revealed that there is a lack of trust between law enforcement agencies in the BVI. He said this lack of trust hampers effective collaboration. Collins said he has had discussions with Chief Immigration Officer Ian […]

by / on June 25, 2021 at 8:44 AM /
DPP not consulted when legislative amendments done to criminal laws

DPP not consulted when legislative amendments done to criminal laws

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit has called for better consultation with her office after claiming she was left out of the drafting of amendments to the outdated Criminal Procedure Act. The DPP appeared before the Commission of Inquiry […]

by / on June 25, 2021 at 7:48 AM /
BVI moved to UK’s Green List for travel

BVI moved to UK’s Green List for travel

The United Kingdom (UK) has decided to move the BVI, other British Overseas Territories, and Antigua & Barbuda onto its ‘Green List’ for travel. The BVI, which was previously on the UK’s Amber List with mid-level restrictions, will be moved […]

by / on June 25, 2021 at 7:10 AM /
Who’s required to apply for home quarantine

Who’s required to apply for home quarantine

As arrivals into the territory increase, the Ministry of Health has issued a reminder that persons must seek approval for ‘home quarantine’ upon entry into the BVI. Home quarantine refers to arriving travellers staying at private residential properties and/or on […]

by / on June 25, 2021 at 6:35 AM /
Republic group announces US$200M in support of climate finance goals

Republic group announces US$200M in support of climate finance goals

June 9, 2021, Port of Spain – The Republic Group has signaled its intention to lend and invest USD$200 million by 2025 to support actions that would help achieve major Climate Finance Goals. These goals will be achieved by activities […]

by / on June 24, 2021 at 5:35 PM /
Top cop concerned about some officers’ honesty, business conflicts

Top cop concerned about some officers’ honesty, business conflicts

Police Commissioner Mark Collins has expressed a marked distrust for some officers in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), noting that their level of honesty and their business interests were of particular concern. Collins told the ongoing Commission of […]

by / on June 24, 2021 at 9:48 AM /
DPP’s Office, judges need proper security support — Scatliffe-Esprit

DPP’s Office, judges need proper security support — Scatliffe-Esprit

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit said judges and magistrates in the BVI lack critical security support needed for them to feel safe. The DPP said this is in addition to the urgent need for security for herself and […]

by / on June 24, 2021 at 8:08 AM /
Former governor openly undermined sitting gov’t, COI told

Former governor openly undermined sitting gov’t, COI told

Sitting government ministers have accused former governor, Augustus Jaspert of openly undermining their lawful authority outlined in the constitution. This, the government said, resulted in “controversy and distrust”. Offering an example, the government said it took the view that disaster […]

by / on June 24, 2021 at 7:45 AM /
CXC inks deal with US university to have CAPE qualifications recognised

CXC inks deal with US university to have CAPE qualifications recognised

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Western Illinois University (WIU) that will see the US-based tertiary institution recognising qualifications from CXC. Under the agreement signed at a virtual ceremony last Thursday, […]

by / on June 24, 2021 at 7:30 AM /