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Where can I pay a traffic ticket?
You may pay a traffic ticket in person by visiting the following locations:
Superior Court of the Virgin Islands
Clerk’s Office-Traffic Division
Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Center
First Floor, East Wing Rm. 111
5400 Veteran’s Drive
St. Thomas, VI
Superior Court of the Virgin Islands
Clerk’s Office-Traffic Division
R. H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex
First Floor, Rm. 101
RR 1 9000
Office of the Superior Court’s Cashier
Department of Motor Vehicles
Cruz Bay, St. John, VI
Can I pay a traffic ticket before the Court date?
Yes, traffic tickets can be paid before the court date at the Office of the
Cashier located at the Superior Court.
If I pay my ticket, do I still have to appear in court?
No, by paying a traffic ticket prior to appearing in court, you are
admitting that the violation occurred. Therefore, there will no longer
be a need for a hearing before a Judge.
How can I find out when my court date is?
You may get the court date information from the face of the ticket or you
may contact the Traffic Division at the Superior Court in the judicial
district in which the traffic violation occurred.
Do I have to go to Court after receiving a traffic ticket?
Yes, you are required to appear on the date indicated on the traffic
ticket to answer to violations against you. However, if you do not wish
to contest the traffic ticket, you may pay the ticket prior to the hearing
date and need not appear in court.
If I missed my court date, can I still contest my traffic ticket?
Yes, please contact the Clerk’s Office-Traffic Division at the Superior Court
the judicial district in which the traffic violation occurred for further details.
What happens if I fail to pay the traffic fine or appear for the court date?
Pursuant to Super. Ct. R. 153, the Court may issue a warrant for the
arrest of any defendant who has failed to appear or answer a traffic
ticket or summons duly served upon him and against who a complaint has
been filed. Additionally, the traffic lien imposed pursuant to 20 V.I.
Code Ann. § 497 shall be executed.
Can a trial date be postponed?
Yes, a trial date may be postponed for good cause. If you need to have
the trial postponed, you must prepare and file a letter stating the reasons
for your request. The filing of a request for the postponement of your
hearing is not an automatic approval of your request. It is up to the Judge
to whom your case has been assigned to determine whether the trial will be postponed.
What happens on the day of trial?
On the day of trial, an Assistant Attorney General will appear on behalf
of the Government of the Virgin Islands. The defendant (the individual
who received the ticket) can retain an attorney to represent him or herself
in court, but one is not required.
At the trial, the ticket citing the violation will be read to the defendant. The
defendant is then given an opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty before the
Court. If the defendant pleads guilty to the traffic violation, a trial is no
longer necessary. The judge will impose a fine and court cost as required by 4
V.I. Code Ann. § 521(a), and the marshal will accompany the defendant to the Cashier’s
Office where the fine will be collected.
If the defendant pleads not guilty, the matter will proceed to trial. Please
note that pursuant to Super. Ct. R. 154, a Judge may order that two (2) or more
complaints be tried together if the offenses arose out of the same facts and
circumstances, regardless of the number of defendants.
The Government will present its case first and then the defendant will be
given an opportunity to present his or her case. Both parties have the
right to ask questions of any witnesses (i.e. police officers) who testified
in the matter. Evidence such as documentation, photographs, etc. is
The Judge may also question witnesses who appear on either party’s behalf.
The hearing may take only a few minutes or it may take longer. After listening
to the testimony and reviewing the evidence, the judge usually makes a decision
that day in Court, or he or she may take more time to consider the case. In any
event, you will be notified in writing of the Court’s decision.
If the defendant is found guilty, the Judge will impose a fine and court costs.
Payment of all fines and court costs are due on the day of sentencing unless specified
by the Judge at the hearing. Each person found delinquent in the payment of a traffic
or criminal fine or delinquent in the payment of a traffic lien shall pay a delinquency
fee of Seventy-five Dollars ($75.00), pursuant to 4 V.I. Code Ann. § 521(a).
Finally, the Court will forward to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of the
state where the defendant received his license to drive, a record of the
conviction, so that it would become a part of his driving record.
Can I bring a witness to testify on my behalf at the trial?
Yes, witnesses are particularly important in Traffic Court. Most witnesses
are willing to come to Court to tell the Judge what happened. Occasionally,
a witness will not come voluntarily or cannot get permission to leave work.
Please note that if a particular witness is important to your case, you will
have to come into the Clerk’s Office-Traffic Division and request that a
subpoena be issued for that particular individual to ensure their appearance
for the court date. A subpoena is a court order, which will compel that
witness’ appearance in Court. The Court charges Thirty Dollars ($30.00) for
the issuance and service of each subpoena.
In order for a subpoena to be issued, you must provide the Court with the witness’
full name, physical address and telephone number. The Deputy Marshal will serve
the subpoena on the witness. Please note that without the subpoena, the witness
has no legal obligation to appear in Court to testify. It is important that you
have all witnesses whom you need to testify at the Court and prepared to testify
on the day and time of your trial.
Can a Judge’s decision be appealed?
Yes, to file an appeal, you must file a Notice to Appeal in the Clerk’s
Office-Traffic Division within ten (10) days of the date of the entry of
the Judgment/Order. Thereafter, the Judge will set an appeal bond. An
appeal bond requires that you post money to the court as an interest in
furthering your matter to the appellate division. The amount to be posted
will be determined by the Judge.
What is a lien?
Pursuant to 20 V.I. Code Ann. § 497(h), every traffic ticket issued
for improper parking or parking in a handicap space shall constitute a
lien on the title of the motor vehicle upon which said traffic ticket was
placed. The lien shall remain in existence until the traffic ticket is
either paid or discharged according to law.
No motor vehicle shall be registered and licensed, nor shall the Director of
the Bureau of Motor Vehicles register a change of ownership until all liens
created pursuant to 20 V.I. Code Ann. § 497 have been discharged.
Is there a delinquency fee?
Each person found delinquent in the payment of a traffic and lien shall
also pay a delinquency fee of Seventy-five Dollars ($75.00), pursuant
to 4 V.I. Code Ann. § 521(a).
Is driving under the influence (DUI) a traffic offense?
No, driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense that
is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
What is the fine for illegally parking in a handicap zoned spot?
The fine for illegally parking in a handicapped zoned spot
is One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).
What should I do if someone damages my vehicle in a traffic accident
and has not paid for the damages?
You may file a suit in the Small Claims Division of the Superior Court
if the amount of the damages does not exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00).
What is an appeal?
An appeal is the formal request that a court with appellate jurisdiction
reviews the judgment, decision, or order of a lower court and set it aside
(reverse it) or modify it. During the appellate process, you are not
allowed to present new facts or to retry old facts. Either party in a
traffic case has a right to appeal a judge’s decision. On appeal you
are not allowed to present new facts or to retry old facts.
To file an appeal, you must file a Notice to Appeal in the Clerk’s
Office-Traffic Division within ten (10) days of the date of the entry
of the Judgment/Order. Thereafter, the Judge will set an appeal bond.
An appeal bond requires that you post money to the court as an interest
in furthering your matter to the appellate division. The amount to be
posted will be determined by the Judge.
Where can I find a list of traffic fines?