Eugene Otuonye Appointed As Turks And Caicos Islands Director of Public Prosecutions
Turks & Caicos Government Press Release
Following the completion of an open recruitment process, the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands His Excellency Dr. John Freeman wishes to announce the appointment of Mr. Eugene Otuonye QC as the new Director of Public Prosecutions, based on recommendations from a interview panel led by the Chair of the Judicial Service Commission, Sir Michael Barnett.
Mr. Otuonye QC attained his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1983, and his Certification in Legal Education in 1984, in Nigeria, and again in 1998 in Jamaica. He commenced employment in Law as a Legal Aid Counsel in Nigeria in 1984 and from 1985 until 1996 he worked as a private sector attorney in Nigeria.
From 1996 until 1999, he served as the Clerk of Courts /Prosecutor with the Department of National Security and Justice in Jamaica and in 1999 joined the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Attorney General’s Chambers where he rose through the ranks from Crown Counsel, Criminal to be the TCI’s second Deputy Attorney General conducting both criminal prosecutions and civil litigation.
In 2006 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in the TCI and from January 2006 until March 2008 served as the Attorney General of the sister British overseas territory of Montserrat. Mr. Otuonye was also granted Turks and Caicos Islands status.
In 2008 Mr. Otuonye returned to the Turks and Caicos Islands to serve as Chairman of the Public Service Commission from 2008 to 2010, and from 2009 until 2011 was also a member of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Advisory Council.
From July 2011 until June 2018, he held the position of the first Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Integrity Commission, representing the TCI as the elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commission and Anti-Corruption Bodies2017-2018.
Mr. Otuonye is a member of the Bar Associations of Nigeria, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos Islands and the International Bar Association. He is married with three sons.