Unauthorized Practice of Law

The unauthorized practice of law is prohibited both by court rule and statute. It is broadly defined as “the doing of any act by a person who is not a member in good standing of the Virgin Islands Bar Association for another person usually done by attorneys-at-law in the course of their profession.” See 4 V.I.C. § 443(a). This includes, but is not limited to:

Holding oneself out as a lawyer when not admitted to practice; establishing an office or other systematic and continuous presence in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the practice of law when not admitted to practice;

representing another person, firm, or corporation before any court, commission, board, or similar body to which one is not authorized to practice, including preparing or filing legal papers.

See The Office of Disciplinary Counsel.