A defendant who is convicted has a right to file an appeal after a trial at the Superior Court and that court has entered a final order. That appeal is filed at the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. The convicted’s right to an appeal is guaranteed by title 4, section 33, of the Virgin Islands Code and the Due Process Clauses of the Revised Organic Act and the Constitution of the United States.
The Office of the territorial Public Defender provides superior quality legal representation to indigent adults and juveniles facing a loss of liberty in the United States Virgin Islands thereby protecting society’s interest in the fair administration of justice. The Office of the territorial Public Defender is regarded as one of the best public defender offices nationwide. The attorneys zealously advocate for these clients by arguing complex legal matters and issues.
Juvenile Justice: The Office of the Territorial Public Defender represents juveniles under the age of nineteen that are accused of crimes under the Virgin Islands Code. We endeavor to protect the minors right’s and guide them through the juvenile justice system. We also work with juveniles that are being transferred to the adult justice system. This process generally occurs for major felonies. Juveniles as young as 14 years of age can be transferred to the adult system.