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Legal Information: U.S. Virgin Islands

Statutes: Virgin Islands, U.S.

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Updated: 
December 2, 2019

1475. Orders, duration of orders and costs

(a) The Superior Court may issue a protection from stalking order granting any or all of the following relief:

(1) Restraining the defendant or anyone acting on behalf of the defendant from following, harassing by personal, telephonic, or computerized contact, or by any other form of communication with the victim.

(2) Restraining the defendant or anyone acting on behalf of the defendant from abusing, molesting, or interfering with the privacy rights of the victim.

(3) Restraining the defendant or anyone acting on behalf of the defendant from entering upon the victim?s property, residence, or place of employment, or within fifty feet thereof.

(4) Providing any further relief that the court considers necessary based on the facts of the case.

(b) All protection from stalking orders must contain language stating that if the order is violated the violation may constitute stalking pursuant to 14 V.I.C. § 2072 and must remain in effect for a period not to exceed two years o r until amended, modified or dismissed by the court.

(c) Upon motion of the plaintiff demonstrating good cause, the court may extend the order for an additional year.

(d) The court may amend its order at any time upon motion filed by either party.

(e) The court shall assess costs against the defendant and may award attorney fees and monetary compensation to the victim for injuries sustained during the incident to the victim in any case in which the court issues a protection from stalking order pursuant to this chapter. The court may award attorney fees to the defendant in any case in which the court finds that the petition to seek relief was frivolous.

(f) Service of process upon alleged perpetrator must be by personal service.