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Legal Memorandum: Jurisdiction of the Courts in VI

Issue: Under the laws of the Virgin Islands, what is the jurisdiction of the Territorial Court and the Appellate Division of the District Court?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Jurisdiction; Territorial Court; Appellate Division of the District Court
Jurisdiction: Federal, Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: 961 F. Supp. 117
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 09/01/2004

The Territorial Court has the discretion to set aside the entry of default when a showing of good cause if made, see James v. Williams, 26 V.I. 20, 22 (Terr. Ct. St. T. & St. J. 1990) TA l "James v. Williams, 26 V.I. 20 (Terr. Ct. St. T. & St. J. 1990)" s "James v. Williams (Terr. Ct. St. T. & St. J. 1990)" c 1 , and its decision is subject to the abuse of discretion standard.

When a court is asked to set aside the entry of a default, it must analyze the facts presented and decide the question in accordance with those facts and it is an abuse of discretion to do otherwise.  See Deal Furniture & Appliances, Inc. v. Four Winds Plaza P’ship, 961 F. Supp. 117, 36 V.I. 151 (D.V.I. 1997) TA l "Deal Furniture & Appliances, Inc. v. Four Winds Plaza P’ship, 961 F. Supp. 117, 36 V.I. 151 (D.V.I. 1997)" s "Deal Furniture & Appl. v. Four Winds Plaza P’ship,  (D.V.I. 1997)" c 1 .   

A motion to set aside an entry of default should be granted when “(1) the non-defaulting party will not be prejudiced by the reopening; (2) the defaulting party has a meritorious defense; and (3) default was not the result of inexcusable neglect or a wilful [sic] act.”  James, 26 V.I. at 23 TA s "James v. Williams (Terr. Ct. St. T. & St. J. 1990)" .  Choosing to do […]

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