After acting in the post for roughly four months, Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit has now been appointed as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the British Virgin Islands.
Governor Augustus Jaspert had appointed her while acting on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.
“Her appointment took effect on May 5 and she is the first local to hold the position of DPP in the territory,” said the Office of the Deputy Governor, which has overall responsibility for the public service.
“In this capacity, Mrs Esprit 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 territory. 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 to provide timely professional information,” it added in a media release on Friday evening.
Scatliffe-Esprit, who has received her Master of Law from the University of Liverpool 2017, was called to the Bar in the Virgin Islands in 2006 and was inducted into the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2015.
She also holds a diploma and professional certificate in Human Resources Management, as well as a diploma in Workforce Management and Development from Michigan State University.
The newly-appointed DPP succeeds United Kingdom native Kim Hollis departed from that post on December 2019.
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