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Legal Memorandum: Right to a Jury Trial in a Civil Action

Issue: Does a plaintiff have a right to a jury trial in a civil action in the Virgin Islands?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Right to jury trial; Civil action
Jurisdiction: Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: 5 V.I.C. § 321; LRCi 38.1; 4 V.I.C. § 83
Date: 10/01/2008

A plaintiff has a right to a jury trial as provided in 5 V.I.C. § 321, as that provision is incorporated by LRCi 38.1.  This statutory right, in turn, has been made applicable to the Superior Court by 4 V.I.C. § 83.  Caron v. First Penn. Bank, N.A., 16 V.I. 169, 172 n.3 (Terr. Ct. 1979). 

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