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isl3985
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June 7, 2017 11:05 pm  

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.

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Alana33
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June 7, 2017 11:57 pm  

CALL the court to find out.


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isl3985
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June 8, 2017 12:07 am  

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


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Alana33
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June 8, 2017 11:37 am  

You're soooooo welcome.


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sjointer
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June 9, 2017 5:24 am  

CALL the court to find out.

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.


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sjointer
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June 9, 2017 5:31 am  

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.


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AandA2VI
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June 10, 2017 3:44 pm  

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.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!


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