In accordance with 4 V.I. Code Ann. § 76(a), effective October 1, 1991, the Superior Court obtained original jurisdiction over all local civil actions regardless of the amount in controversy. The jurisdiction is subject to the original jurisdiction conferred on the District Court by Section 22 of the Revised Organic Act of 1954, as amended. Procedure in the Civil Division is governed by Title 5, Subtitle 1 of the Virgin Islands Code along with the Virgin Islands Rules of Civil Procedure, the Virgin Rules of Evidence and the Virgin Islands Superior Court Rules, where applicable.

Civil actions are brought to enforce, redress or protect private rights. No monetary value is necessary to constitute a civil action. 

Generally, parties should file civil actions in the judicial division where the defendant resides or where the cause of action arose or where the defendant may be served with process.

Representation by Counsel
Navigating a civil claim through the court system is a difficult and complex process, often requiring legal education and expertise. While a party may represent him or herself, pro se, citizens should be advised that doing so without the requisite expertise may result in the loss of claims or preservation of rights. Citizens should consider consulting with a licensed attorney prior to initiating any civil action in order to learn more about what rights, privileges and protections are available to them. Virgin Islands law prohibits Court staff from providing legal advice. This includes what forms should be used, how to fill the forms out and what legal procedures to follow. If you do not have an attorney you can contact the Virgin Islands Bar Association at (340) 778-7497 and ask about their lawyer referral program.