To serve our community through an independent and impartial system according to the law.


The achievement of professionalism and excellence in the effective and efficient delivery of justice that benefits the community and maintains the rule of law.



  • Be accountable for our administrative and judicial functions
  • Employ our resources efficiently and effectively in line with best practice and world class benchmarks.


  • To deliver high quality service
  • To ensure properly trained staff
  • To value team work
  • To maintain respect for the community and co-workers
  • To take pride in our work
  • To be responsive to our stakeholder and clients

Judicial Independence

  • To ensure that the Magistrate’s Court remains independent in the exercise of its duties.

Community Trust and Confidence

  • To act without bias
  • To demonstrate integrity
  • To act independently
  • To value feedback from users

Governing Legislations

Legislation to which the Court are governed by:

  • The Magistrate’s Code of Procedure Act and amendments
  • Criminal Code  (Amendment) Acts of the Virgin Islands
  • Evidence Act
  • Virgin Islands Proceeds of Criminal Conduct (Amendment) Act
  • Virgin Islands Youth Court Act 2005
  • Drug Trafficking Offences (Amendment) Act
  • Virgin Islands Criminal Justice (Alternative Sentencing) Act
  • Coroner’s Act Cap 15 of the Laws of the Virgin Islands

Employment Opportunities Within The Department

Closing Date


Role Summary

The successful applicant will support the Magistrate’s Court by performing scopist duties.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Edit transcripts with Audio/Wave file and stenotype notes when required.
  2. Generate/type all necessary correspondence, including reports, letters and brochures to support officers in performing their jobs appropriately.
  3. Research cited cases at Magistrate’s Court to support the Court’s proceedings.
  4. Track office supplies to ensure appropriate levels are available to provide a well-functioning work environment.
  5. Assist Reporters in copying, editing, printing, binding, proofreading, billing and delivery of transcripts.
  6. Liaise with Magistrates', Court Manager and DPP's Office with regard to transcript preparation and delivery to ensure an adequate and efficient coordination and flow of information.
  7. Perform any other duties as required by Supervisor or any other senior officers in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the unit.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Certified Scopist Certificate from NCRA Accredited School
  • One (1) year related experience in a related area
  • Sound knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Sound knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Sound knowledge of Court procedures and transcript production
  • Sound knowledge of the use of standard office equipment and computer applications
  • Good typing skills
  • Sound knowledge of the use of Computer Aided Transcription (CAT) software
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including proper spelling, punctuation, grammar of the English language and proof reading skills
  • Sound interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
Closing Date:
7 February 2023
7 February 2023

Department Contact Information

To make contact with Magistracy, see below for contact information:


P.O. Box 140 
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday  
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Email Address: magistratescourtjh@gov.vg

Tel: 1-284-468-4360
Fax: 1-284-468-4302