On October 1, 1991, the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands (formerly the Territorial Court of the
Virgin Islands) was granted expanded jurisdiction, which included the authority to admit attorneys to
practice law before the Virgin Islands Bar. The Committee of Bar Examiners (“the Committee”) and the
Office of Bar Admissions are administrative arms of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. The
inherent judicial functions of both offices are to assist the Superior Court in the administration
of the Virgin Islands Bar Examination, which includes character and fitness investigations; ascertaining
the qualifications of applicants for admission to the Virgin Islands Bar and moving for the admission of
those applicants who meet those requirements as established by the Superior Court Rule 304.
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 Presiding Judge and serve for varied terms.
The Superior 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 law.
Records, statements 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
predicted thereon may not be instituted.
Accordingly, please note that the information on this site is provided as a service to those interested
in admission in the Virgin Islands. It remains the responsibility of those desiring to practice law in
the Virgin Islands to ensure that prior to their admission, to familiarize themselves with all the rules
of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, including but not limited to the rules, which govern
admissions and the rules governing their professional responsibility and discipline.