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Governor Bryan nominates Judge Harold W.L. Willocks to the US Virgin Islands Supreme Court

by | Jan 23, 2024 | Courts, United States Virgin Islands | 0 comments

During his sixth State of the Territory Address, US Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) announced the nomination of the distinguished jurist, the Honorable Harold W.L. Willocks, to serve as a Justice on the US Virgin Islands Supreme Court. The governor’s decision comes as part of the ongoing development and enhancement of the US Virgin Islands Judiciary.

Since its establishment in 2006, the US Virgin Islands Supreme Court has been upheld by three exemplary justices. Governor Bryan’s nomination of Judge Willocks reflects his commitment to maintaining this tradition of judicial excellence and integrity.

“The Virgin Islands Supreme Court has been a pillar of justice and fairness. Tonight, I am honored to nominate Judge Harold W.L. Willocks, a jurist of impeccable caliber, to join this esteemed body,” said Governor Bryan.

Judge Willocks’ extensive legal experience spans over two decades, marked by positions such as Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, Chief Public Defender, and Assistant Attorney General. His tenure on the Superior Court for more than two terms was provided as an example of his commitment to upholding the law and serving the community. “Judge Willocks is a son of the soil, whose deep understanding of our community and its needs has been evident throughout his career. His elevation to the Supreme Court is not just a personal achievement but a testament to his lifelong dedication to public service,” added Governor Bryan.

Apart from his judicial responsibilities, Judge Willocks is also recognized as a published author, further showcasing his intellectual depth and understanding of legal principles. His works contribute significantly to the legal literature and discourse in the US Virgin Islands.

Governor Bryan expressed his utmost confidence in Judge Willocks, describing him as a “consummate public servant” whose acumen and deliberative nature make him an ideal candidate for the role. “His appointment will undoubtedly fortify the judiciary’s role in our democracy, ensuring that justice is served with wisdom and compassion,” Governor Bryan concluded.

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William-Jose Velez Gonzalez

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William-José Vélez González is a native from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and a graduate from Florida International University in biomedical engineering, engineering management, with a minor in international relations. He served as the national executive vice president of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association for 5 years. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works at the Children’s National Research Institute and runs Opsin, a nonprofit design studio dedicated to making design more accessible. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of Pasquines.

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