States Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands is an
unincorporated territory of the
United States. We became a part
of the United States in 1917
when the U.S. purchased the
islands from Denmark for $25
We are located in the Eastern
Caribbean Sea, fifty miles to
the east of Puerto Rico. Our
three main islands are St.
Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
St. Thomas is the location of
the islands' capital, Charlotte
Amalie. Charlotte Amalie is also
the location of our world famous
cruise ship harbor. St. Croix is
the largest of the three
islands. St. John is the most
pristine of the islands as most
of it has been designated a
Local government consists of a
governor and a 15 member senate.
We elect a delegate to Congress,
who has limited voting rights.
And, while Virgin Islanders are
United States citizens, they
cannot vote for president of the
Judicial power is vested in the District Court of the Virgin Islands and in the local Superior Court and VI Supreme Court.
The VI Supreme Court hears appeals from the Superior court. On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed Bill HR 6116 providing for direct appeals of VI Supreme Court decisions to the U.S. Supreme Court .
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Philadelphia, has appellate review over matters from the District Court. The U.S. Supreme Court has final review of decisions from the District Court.
For additional information, you
may wish to visit the following
District Court of the Virgin
Supreme Court of the Virgin
Superior Court of the Virgin