Legal Information: U.S. Virgin Islands

Restraining Orders

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December 7, 2020

What types of stalking protection orders are there? How long do they last?

For good cause shown, the judge can issue a temporary order when you file your petition if s/he considers it necessary. A hearing will be scheduled no longer than 10 days after your petition is filed, and you and the abuser will both have a chance to present evidence to the judge and tell your side of the story. You and the abuser both have the right to have an attorney represent you. If your hearing is continued or rescheduled to a new date, the judge can extend your temporary order but only for another 10 days.1

After a hearing where the abuser has notice and the judge hears evidence, the judge may issue a stalking protection order that must remain in effect for a period of up to two years or until amended, modified or dismissed by the judge. However, you can ask the court to extend your order for an additional one year.2

1 VI ST T. 5 § 1474
2 VI ST T. 5 § 1475(b),(c)

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