The Supreme Court
of the Virgin Islands has the exclusive authority to admit attorneys to
practice law before the Virgin Islands Bar. The Committee of Bar Examiners
("Committee") and the Office of Bar Admission are administrative arms of the
Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. The inherent judicial functions of both
offices are to assist the Supreme Court in the administration of the Virgin
Islands Bar Examination, conducting character and fitness investigations,
ascertaining the qualifications of all applicants for admission and moving for
the admission of those applicants who meet those requirements.
Committee of Bar Examiners
The Committee of
Bar Examiners consists of no less than five (5) members of the Virgin Islands
Bar who are in good standing. All members are appointed by the Chief Justice
and serve for varied terms.
The Supreme Court
has adopted the American Bar Association's (ABA's) Model Immunity Rule entitled
"Civil Immunity of Board of Law Examiners, its members, employees and agents,
and entities providing information regarding an application to the board,"
which provides as follows:
[The Committee of Bar
Examiners], and its members, employees, and agents are immune from all civil
liability for conduct and communications occurring in the performance of their
official duties relating to the examination, character and fitness
qualification, and licensing of persons seeking to be admitted to the practice
of opinion and other information regarding an applicant for admission to the
Bar communicated by entity including any person, firm or institution, without
malice, to the [Committee of Bar Examiners], or its members, employees or
agents are privileged, and civil suits predicated thereon may not be
Membership of the Virgin
Supreme Court Rules
201, 202, and 204 establish three classes of membership: regular, special, and
pro hac vice.
Vice Admissions -
Attorneys are admitted to the Virgin Islands Bar pursuant to the provisions of
Supreme Court Rule 201.
- Attorneys are specially admitted to the Virgin Islands Bar pursuant to the
provisions of Virgin Islands Supreme Court Rule 202. This includes the
or Territorial Department or Agency, or Specified Public Interest Organization
Attorneys admitted to practice law pursuant to Rule 202.
Permission to Practice as In-house Counsel pursuant to Rule 202.1.
Permission to Practice as Foreign Legal Consultant pursuant to Rule 202.2.
Permission to Practice as a Legal Intern pursuant to Rule 202.3.
Admission for Military Spouses pursuant to Rule 202.4.
- Attorneys are admitted to the Virgin Islands Bar pursuant to the provisions
of Supreme Court Rule 204. This
includes applicants seeking admission by exam or by admission on motion.
Office of Bar Admission
The Office of Bar Admission of the Supreme Court is an
administrative arm of the court with inherent judicial functions overseeing the
examination and admission process relative to the practice of law in the Virgin
Islands. The office provides full support to the committee of bar examiners in
accordance with VISCR 204. These duties include coordinating the character and
filters investigation of applicants seeking admissions to the Virgin Islands
Additionally, the Office of Bar Admission administers the rules
the governs the provisional and special admissions of attorneys who are
admitted to practice law in another state, territorial jurisdiction of to the
district of Columbia and have sought and obtain employment to practice law in
the Virgin Islands on behalf of a federal or territorial government department
agency, or a specific public interest organization.
The Office of Bar Admission also administers the Rules that
governs limited permission to practice as In-house Counsel in accordance with
VISCR 202.1; as Foreign Legal Consultants in accordance with VISCR 202.2; as
Legal Intern in accordance with VISCR 202.3; and Special Admission for Military
Spouses in accordance with VISCR 202.4.
to existing members of the Virgin Islands Bar
- Certificates of Good Standing: On behalf of
the Clerk of the Court, the Office of Bar Admission performs the
ministerial duties of reviewing and processing all attorneys' request for
a Certificates of Good Standing indicating compliance with membership requirements.
- Status Changes: The Office of
Bar Admission processes for the Court's review and determination all
requests from regularly admitted
members of the Virgin Islands Bar Association to change their membership
status from active to inactive, or attorneys' request seeking permission
to resign their membership.
- Attorney Registration: On behalf of
the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the Office of Bar Admission performs
the ministerial duties of reviewing and processing all attorney
registrations filed in accordance with VISCR 203, which established
mandatory annual attorney registration.
All questions regarding bar admissions should be directed to the Office of Bar
Prior to admissions
to the Virgin Islands Bar, all individuals desiring to practice law in the
Virgin Islands Bar should familiarize themselves with the Rules of the Supreme
Court, including, but not limited to the Rules that establish membership status
and the mandatory continuing legal education; and the Rules which govern
professional responsibility, discipline, and the Bylaws of the Virgin Islands
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Director of Bar Admissions
P.O. Box 590
St. Thomas, VI 00804
161B Crown Bay
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI 00802