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Judicial Branch Extends Modified Operations Consistent With Governor’s New Stay at Home Order

Administrator of Courts Regina Petersen advises the public that effective Tuesday, Sept. 1, and consistent with the Governor’s ‘Extended Stay Safe at Home Order,’ the judicial branch has extended its modified operations in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases.

Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2020-0017 issued by the Supreme Court, the judiciary’s extending current modified operations through Sept. 8. The Superior Court of the Virgin Islands will continue to utilize remote hearing protocols for all or most essential and emergency matters, including but not limited to Advice of Rights, emergency petitions for Abuse and Neglect, Domestic Violence and Stalking. Public traffic to our courts shall continue to be limited to essential and emergency matters only.

Essential employees across the branch, where applicable, will continue to work remotely, and report to court facilities only in accordance with established emergency schedules.

Territory-wide, all non-essential judicial branch employees will continue to shelter in place and will be placed on paid administrative leave. During this period of modified operations, Judicial officers and court personnel remain available to conduct the business of the court virtually and telephonically.

For inquiries and/or assistance, please utilize the following

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numbers:

St. Croix District

Court Administration 778-9750

Office of the Clerk of Superior Court 713-6626

Probation and Pre-Trial Services 713-6642

St. Thomas-St. John District

Court Administration 774-6680

Office of the Clerk of Superior Court 693-6403

Probation and Pre-Trial Services 693-6429

Supreme Court 774-2237

Office of the Clerk of Supreme Court 693-4100

Office of Bar Admissions 693-4120

Office of Disciplinary Counsel 693-4127

The public is further reminded of the launch of electronic filing in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. Previously utilized email addresses for electronic submission are no longer in service for civil and probate cases for attorney filings. Users will have to register in order to file documents electronically for these cases on the E-Services tab at www.vicourts.org. The following email addresses remain active:

Advice of Rights and Arraignments: remoteaorstx@vicourts.org

All Other Filings: superiorcourtefile@vicourts.org

Conventional filings continue to be accepted at the following court locations:

Superior Court, Alexander A Farrelly Justice Center, 5400 Veterans Drive, St. Thomas

R.H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex, RR1 Kingshill, St. Croix

Supreme Court, Supreme Court Building, 161B Crown Bay, St. Thomas

Raymond L. Finch Supreme Court Building, No. 18 Strand Street, Frederiksted, St. Croix

Court employees and the public are reminded to continue to follow guidelines issued by the CDC and the V.I. Department of Health. Remain vigilant in social distancing and wear a mask in public.

For more information, contact:

Regina Petersen, Administrator of Courts

Judicial Branch of the Virgin Islands

P.O. Box 590

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00804

Fax: 774‐2258  TTY: 693-4118

Regina.Petersen@vicourts.org

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