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Scatliffe-Esprit now the first local to be appointed DPP

Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit

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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  1. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear says:

    The new appointment to the AG is a good move – the new DPP is very disappointing. A DPP needs good judgment, good legal skills and a sense of perspective – all sadly lacking.

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    • Hmmm says:

      Having locals in positions like these is the same as a fox guarding the hen house. Since the entire local population is related and intermarried, every local person brought to court will be a relative. If you think that is fair and justice will be served then good luck with it. Time will reveal the ugliness.

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  2. Wow says:

    Ok wow, congratulations. Who next, deputy governor for governor?

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  3. ReX FeRaL says:

    Why is this a first in 2020?

    • Bitter Pill says:

      Education, experience, expertise… foreigners are generally better equipped to do the work.

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    • @ReX says:

      Because finally someone from the BVI educated herself and became something. Congrats. The rest became crooks and politicians. Others became scooter riders and shade tree scholars.

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  4. BuzzBvi says:

    Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit
    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear
    Soon Come

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  5. Bitter Pill says:

    This is like when the police in the USA investigate themselves for killing innocent people. The result is always “No crime committed here.”

    Justice is a word with many a definition.

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    • @ Bitter Pill says:

      The legal system in the BVI famous for that …so many things deleted, thrown away, hidden under the rug

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  6. Not sure says:

    I am not sure this is a good move. ?

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  7. Ausar says:

    This is a great day for the legal fraternity of the BVI!

    A native daughter, IS, the Director of Public Prosecution!

    We are expecting great things from you, Mrs. Scatliffe-Esprit!

    And we know youre going to deliver, for the betterment of this country!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Haters it is time to give our black brothers a chance. If it was a white person you would never think like that. I do not have anything against white but I would like to see more appreciation for our black brothers . If you believe she is going to fail give her the chance to fail but do not kill her from the beginning. The only thing I am asking her is to be humble and work on her attitude. No one is perfect. We all have shortcomings but by the grace of the almighty,the most High we can overcome all obstacle. She is no different. Congrats my girl.

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    • @Anonymous says:

      Genuine statement made. I had a run in with her Scatliffe-Esprit some years back. Her attitude was s*++ks, and she wasn’t even near the position she has now.

      I hope she takes the advice to be humble and work on her attitude as constructive criticism, and she will do well.

  9. Barber bvi says:

    Felicidades a las BVI y principalmente a la señora Scatliffe-Esprit por sus designación. Oportunidades a los de aquí esa es la clave para poder tener una justicia fuerte y vigorosa solo esperamos que la valanza no se incline mas de un lados y que se actue con firmeza.

  10. oh yeah says:

    We got back DPP and AG next is COP and Prison. No expat will ever hold these positions again. The BVI will be great again by the hands of our own. Who don’t like it feel free to leave anytime.

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  11. No nonsense says:

    @ barber bvi, the Queen’s language is our heritage language and it’s an INSULT to publicly speak to us in a foreign language

  12. Lord Denning says:

    The Jlsc did not conduct the interviews properly. It was clear that they already had made their decision other candidates who were unable to be interviewed because of the covid 19 but the jlsc did not care they already made their decision.
    How sad ,how dishonest!!

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  13. Eagle Eyes says:

    Malcolm X said and I quote, “Although physical servitude was terrible mental slavery is worst because when the mind is sick one cannot think in the best interest of the whole self.” I listen to these energy vampires who don’t even want to see their own sister with the capability in the position. Hold your head up Sis and deliver to the best of your ability.

  14. Help says:

    Run for your life. Esprit going want to sentence h***Ing. And life imprisonment. 1 joint? LIFE. Tint? LIFE. GUN?! Hang. Plus digging up old cases where she couldn’t hang people. Disorderly? …

  15. Happy says:

    Never mind the haters out there, you prepared yourself for such a time like this. Proud of you, and may God continue to guard, guide and keep you.

  16. Irma.. says:

    Its now the BVI would see the worst ever cases before the court. That DPP does not fit for the position and im sorry for those who have indictable matters coming up.

  17. Poor soul says:

    She’s to b–lie just look at her face a p–

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