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Small Claims for Plaintiff off island

isl3985
June 07, 2017 08:05PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 68

Does anyone have any experience/advice on filing a small claims suit against someone when you don't live on island? Would I have to file the forms in person or can I mail? I don't want to have to travel there any more than necessary.

Thanks.

Re: Small Claims for Plaintiff off island

Alana33
June 07, 2017 08:57PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,976

CALL the court to find out.

Re: Small Claims for Plaintiff off island

isl3985
June 07, 2017 09:07PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 68

Gee never thought of THAT thanks sooooo much....

Re: Small Claims for Plaintiff off island

Alana33
June 08, 2017 08:37AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,976

You're soooooo welcome.

Re: Small Claims for Plaintiff off island

sjointer
June 09, 2017 02:24AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 56

Quote
Alana33
CALL the court to find out.

Quote
isl3985
Gee never thought of THAT thanks sooooo much....

Honestly, I'm not certain what's wrong with Alana33's answer. Who else would know the rules better than the court. If you contacted the court and didn't get a response, you should simply call them again.

In case you don't have that particular information, here is a link to filing small claims on STX, which is at the Superior Court: USVI Small Claims. The other court website I found is for the federal district court, which likely doesn't help you.

Here is a link to the court offices, including names and phone numbers for the administrator, clerk, and the like: USVI Court Clerk et al. Keep in mind that there are different clerks. If you are trying to sue someone on STT or STJ, the number differs from the one for STX.

I'm not certain how often it happens that someone not in USVI tries to sue someone here, and I hope I never find out. I would point out, though, that on the mainland you are required to show up in person for a small claims case. The first link should have the rules about that, however.

Finally, if you want to know more, or are looking for other links, the Google search terms I used are "civil court USVI".

All the best in all you do while staying true.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/09/2017 02:26AM by sjointer.

Re: Small Claims for Plaintiff off island

sjointer
June 09, 2017 02:31AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 56

Okay, so I was curious and continued reading.

The form you download is a fillable PDF, but it looks like you need to print it out and mail it. It also looks like you will need to show up for the court date in person. I only did a precursory look, though. I would suggest digging into the details for yourself with the links that I sent before.

Re: Small Claims for Plaintiff off island

AandA2VI
June 10, 2017 12:44PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,271

In our experience it would be very difficult to do it from off island. The courts have been really great so far as we go in and they go over our paperwork and tell us what else we need. It's A LOT. I'm not saying you can't but it would be difficult.

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