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District Court of the Virgin Islands

The District Court of the United States Virgin Islands (in St. Croix and St. Thomas. Unlike United States district courts, judges on the District Court of the Virgin Islands do not have life tenure, as the court is not an Article III court. Instead, the court is an Article IV court, created pursuant to Congress's Article IV, Section 3 powers. Appeals of the court's decisions are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.

The District Court used to have jurisdiction over all local civil actions brought in the Virgin Islands, but in 1976 the United States Attorney may still bring certain criminal actions in the District Court in some circumstances. In 2004 the Territorial Court was renamed the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

Before the creation of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands in 2007, the Appellate Division of the District Court heard appeals from the Superior Court in three-judge panels. From 2007, the Supreme Court hears these appeals exclusively, with its decisions subject to review by the United States Supreme Court if that court decides to grant certiorari.

The current Judges in the District Court of the Virgin Islands are:

  • The Honorable George W. Cannon (Magistrate Judge - St. Croix Division)
  • The Honorable Ruth Miller (Magistrate Judge - St. Thomas Division)
  • The Honorable Raymond L. Finch (Senior District Judge - St. Croix Division)
  • The Honorable Curtis V. Gomez (District Judge - St. Thomas Division).
  • The Honorable Wilma A. Lewis (District Chief Judge - St. Croix Division)

See also

External links

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