By Monique Washington
Valston Graham has been approved as the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in St. Kitts and Nevis, according to Attorney General Vincent Byron.
Byron confirmed to The Observer on Thursday that “yes” Graham has been approved by the Judicial Legal Service Commission as the new Director of Public Prosecution. He said the official announcement will soon be made.
For the last eight years, Grahamserved in the Office of the British VirginIslands Director of Public Prosecutions.
On Aug. 21 the Times Caribbean reported that, “Senior Crown Counsel in the Office of the Virgin Islands Director of Public Prosecutions Attorney Valston M. Graham, who was among five persons who applied for the vacant Director of Public Prosecutions post in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, was selected.”
Early this year the Federal Government announced the availability of the position of Director of Public Prosecution on a full-time basis on a two-year contract.
The requirements listed were, “The candidate must possess at least the Bachelors of Law degree and the Legal Education Certificate from one of the regional Law Schools.He/she must be a Barrister-at-Law with no less than 10 years [experience] and call at the bar in a Commonwealth jurisdiction; have extensive experience in criminal prosecutions and knowledge of legal principles, practices and proceedings; have strong leadership and management competencies; have excellent advocacy skills and be able to interpret legislation, rules, regulations, agreements and draft legal documents including indictments and pleadings; and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.”
Graham will be the first DDP appointed in 2016. He will take over from Acting DPP Esan Grandason, who was on a three month contract.
Travers Sinanan,the former DPP, was appointed inJuly, 2013 on a two-year contract,which ended in July, 2015. Sinananlater filed suit against St. Kitts and Nevis Attorney General Vincent Byron Junior for moving to terminate his contract. The suit was settled later in 2015.
The DPP’s office is now preparing the St. Kitts criminal assizes which begin later this month and the Nevis criminal assizes which begin in November.