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Virgin Islands Court Decisions

    NOTE:—Effective January 29, 2007, all appeals filed from judgments and decisions of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands are taken to the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, which was created by the Virgin Islands Legislature in 2004. Previously, review was had in the Appellate Division of the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands. (From 1977 until 2004, the Superior Court was designated as the Territorial Court.)


Virgin Islands Organic Law and Legislation

  1. Organic Act of the Virgin Islands of the United States [48 U.S.C. § 1405 et seq.]

  2. Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands [48 U.S.C. § 1541 et seq.]

    Additional Resources

    NOTE—The U.S. Virgin Islands, an unincorporated territory of the United States (by purchase from Denmark in 1917) comprising three islands, came under the administration of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to Executive Order 5566 in 1931. The territory has a democratically elected government including a unicameral legislature (called the senate). There is no official web site for the government of the Virgin Islands, but some government departments maintain web sites, and there is a web site for the U.S. district court.

  3. Acts of Congress
  4. Session Laws of the Virgin Islands

  5. Virgin Islands Code Annotated
    Note—The code is not available at any official web site, but a version provided by LexisNexis is available.


Virgin Islands Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Rules of Procedure
  2. Supreme Court Rules (V.I. S. Ct. R.)
  3. Supreme Court Internal Operating Procedures (V.I. S. Ct. I.O.P.)
  4. Superior Court Rules (V.I. Sup. Ct. R.)
  5. U.S. District Court Rules (D.V.I. R.)
  6. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Rules (D.V.I. Bankr. R.)


Virgin Islands Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

  1. Virgin Islands Rules and Regulations (V.I. R. & Regs.)


Virgin Islands Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law.

  1. Charters
    Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
  2. County Ordinances
    Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
  3. Municipal Ordinances
    Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


Virgin Islands Law-Related Periodicals

Only publications providing on-line articles are listed. See also links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.


Other Virgin Islands Commentary

  1. Virgin Islands Law Blog  … [BoltNagi PC] — This web site provides selected information about Virgin Islands law and is sponsored by a law firm in St. Thomas.
  2. Legal Guide to Doing Business in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dudley, Topper & Feuerzeig, LLP. … [Lex Mundi]


Virgin Islands Law-Related Topical Web Sites


Virgin Islands Court Information

See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
  1. Web Sites
  2. Supreme Court
  3. Superior Court
  4. U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court


Virgin Islands Forms


Other Virgin Islands Resources

  1. Government-Related Web Sites
    See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
  2. Legislature
  3. Internal Revenue Bureau
  4. Licensing and Consumer Affairs Department
  5. Additional Resources
    ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
    ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

  6. Virgin Islands Bar Association

  7. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
  8. Bar Admissions


Legal Research and Assistance

  1. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
    1. Legal Services of the Virgin Islands
    2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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