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.