The Virgin Islands Bar Association was created in 1956 to assist the Supreme Court in regulating the practice of law in the territory. As an integrated bar, all attorneys admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands are also required to be members of the Virgin Islands Bar Association.
The mission of the Virgin Islands Bar Association is to promote improvements in the administration of justice and to monitor and advocate public policy issues affecting the judicial system while working to improve the community through public education and public service.
As an unincorporated territory the Virgin Islands is in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean which includes the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John, along with several lesser cays.
Introducing: Virgin Islands Free Legal Answers
Virgin Islands Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic for people who cannot afford to pay for an attorney. The service is a cooperative effort of the Virgin Islands Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Qualified users post their civil legal question to the Virgin Islands website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice. Volunteer attorneys will not answer criminal law questions. Question topics cover a range of categories including consumer debt, personal injury, worker’s compensation, school discipline, housing, and family/divorce/custody. This is a remote volunteer pro bono opportunity. Learn more.
Lawyers Assistance Program
The Lawyer Assistance Program Committee was created to encourage attorneys and their families to adopt and practice healthy lifestyles to improve their physical and mental well-being. The Committee shall continue the process of creating and implementing a program to provide assistance to members of the Virgin Islands Bar Association who suffer from substance abuse and addiction.
Insight Psychological Services and Island Therapy Solutions have partnered with the Virgin Islands Bar Association to provide mental health, substance abuse and addiction services. These services are available to members on an expedited basis and include access to psychiatric assistance where needed. The Lawyers Assistance Program Committee (LAPC) will act as a point of referral for these services. Members who call will be seen on the same day by one of the three therapists who will be designated to work with members.
Staff and Leadership
The Virgin Islands Bar Association is supported by a Board of Governors including their CEO/Executive Director, Hinda Carbon. Hinda also serves on the NCBF Board of Directors. Meet the full Virgin Islands Bar Association Board here.