Legal Information: U.S. Virgin Islands

Statutes: Virgin Islands, U.S.

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December 16, 2022

112. Jurisdiction of small claims; appearance in person

(a) The small claims division of the Superior Court has jurisdiction of all civil actions, concurrently with the civil division of the said court, wherein the amount in controversy does not exceed the sum or value of $10,000, exclusive of interest and costs.

(b) Where the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000, exclusive of interest and costs, a party may recover in the small claims division of the Superior Court a sum not exceeding $10,000, with interest and costs, which recovery shall bar the recovery of the residue of such amount in controversy in the Superior Court or in any other court.

(c) The plaintiff in a complaint or the defendant in a counterclaim or cross claim may waive the excess of his claim over $10,000, in order to bring it within the jurisdiction of the small claims division of the Superior Court.

(d) Neither party may be represented by counsel and parties shall in all cases appear in person except for corporate parties, associations and partnerships which may appear by a personal representative.

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