Virgin Islands Bar to take position on unpaid bills
Published: February 27, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - The president of the V.I. Bar Association said a formal position is forthcoming regarding mounting complaints about the V.I. government's failure to pay outstanding invoices from attorneys and experts working on indigent defendants' cases.
Attorney Ernest Morris Jr., the president of the Bar Association's Board of Governors, said Tuesday that the board plans to meet by the end of the week to "discuss and decide" how to respond to complaints from attorneys that the government has failed to pay them for their court-appointed cases in a timely fashion.
In recent weeks, at least three attorneys, who are working on, or who have worked on court-appointed cases, have indicated in court filings that the government has failed to pay them or their experts for work on behalf of indigent defendants. Two have argued this raises concerns with respect to their clients' Constitutional rights.