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  • Courts
     
  • District Court of the Virgin Islands
  • The Court consists of two divisions: the Division of St. Croix and the Division of St. Thomas/St. John. Although separated by approximately 40 miles of ocean, the District Court family – both judges and staff – are united in our purpose to administer justice in the Virgin Islands. 
     
  • Judicial Branch of the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • The Virgin Islands judiciary evolved from three (3) Police Courts which existed pursuant to the 1921 Codes of St. Thomas & St. John and St. Croix, one for St. Thomas & St. John and two for St. Croix. On July 22, 1954, the United States Congress approved The Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands, and section 21 vested the judicial power in a Court of record to be designated the “District Court of the Virgin Islands.” Thereafter, the three (3) Police Courts were abolished and two (2) municipal Courts were established: the Municipal Court of St. Thomas and St. John, and the Municipal Court of St. Croix.
  • On August 29, 2016, the local judiciary took another leap forward when Bill No. 31-0255, Act No. 7888, was signed into law by Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, unifying the administrations of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands and the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. This Legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth L. Gittens and Senator Nereida “Nellie” O’Reilly, also authorized the expansion of the appellate bench from 3 to 5 justices. The unification of our local court system is consistent with the organizational structure of a majority of the jurisdictions under the United States Flag and should lead to the development of an efficient and progressive judiciary.
     
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit serves the areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Virgin Islands.

  • Legal Services

     

  • Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands
  • The Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands (DRCVI) is the only territory-wide advocacy organization established by Congress that provides legal services to eligible persons with disabilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was created on October 1, 1977 and was then known as the Committee on Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc., and later as Virgin Islands Advocacy, Inc. There are a total of 57 protection and advocacy organizations for each state and territory of the United States.
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  • Find A Lawyer 
  • The Virgin Islands Bar Association's online Lawyer Referral Service. Search by name, city, island, or practice area. The attorneys listed are active members of the bar.
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  • Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc.
  • The mission of Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc. (LSVI) is to access justice, protect rights, and educate people in poverty in order to empower them to move toward self sufficiency. LSVI is the only entity in the United States Virgin Islands that provides effective, efficient, free, high quality legal assistance to the poor and under-served individuals in our community. It is one of the local programs throughout the United States and territories funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC was established by Congress to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it.
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  • Office of the Territorial Public Defender
  • The basis for the existence and work of the Office of the Territorial Public Defender is the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Gideon v. Wainwright: Gideon seeks to guarantee a fair trial for every person, regardless of their economic means. We are responsible for defending individuals who face the loss of their liberty and are determined by the court to be indigent by financial criteria established by the local courts for court appointed counsel. The services of The Office of the Territorial Public Defender is available to all who meet this financial criteria who are charged with criminal offenses in Superior Court of the Virgin Islands and those who have, or wish to file, an appeal to the Virgin Islands Supreme Court.

  • Organizations & Agencies

     

  • American Bar Association
  • The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with over 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving our members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world. Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes, and more. Membership is open to lawyers, law students, and others interested in the law and the legal profession. Our national headquarters are in Chicago, and we maintain a significant office in Washington D.C.
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  • Department of Justice, District of the Virgin Islands
  • The United States Attorneys serve as the nation's principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. There are 93 United States Attorneys stationed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. United States Attorneys are appointed by, and serve at the discretion of, the President of the United States, with advice and consent of the United States Senate. One United States Attorney is assigned to each of the judicial districts, with the exception of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands where a single United States Attorney serves in both districts. Each United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the United States within his or her particular jurisdiction.
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  • Virgin Islands Police Department
  • The mission of the Virgin Islands Police Department is to ensure the safety and protect the life and property of the inhabitants and visitors of the Virgin Islands; to prevent crime, preserve the public peace and tranquility; to detect and arrest criminal offenders; to enforce all laws , ordinances and provisions of the V. I. Code over which the Department has jurisdiction; and to perform, other related duties as directed by the Police Commissioner.
  • Office of Inspector General
  • The mission of the Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General is to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness, and to further the prevention of fraud, waste and abuse in the administration of the programs and operations of the Government of the United States Virgin Islands.

  • Professional Regulation

     

  • Complaint Form
  • This form is designed to provide the Disciplinary Counsel and the Board on Professional Responsibility with the information required to evaluate your complaint. Fillable PDF.
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  • Office of Disciplinary Counsel 

    The Office of Disciplinary Counsel is responsible for the day to day operations of the disciplinary system, including the regulation of Virgin Islands Attorneys and members of the Virgin Islands Judiciary. 

     

    Virgin Islands Commission on Judicial Conduct  

    The Virgin Islands Commission on Judicial Conduct ("CJC") was created by Virgin Islands Supreme Court Rule to conduct investigations and hearings with respect to complaints of ethical misconduct by Virgin Islands judges. 


  • Judicial System

  • The Judiciary (also known as the Judicial system, Judicature, Judicial Branch or Court system) is the system of courts that interprets and applies the law in a country, state or an international community. The first legal systems of the world were set up to allow citizens to settle conflicts without violence.