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Special Admissions
Superior Court Rule 302 governs special admissions to the Virgin Islands Bar and authorizes the following departments or agencies, or their authorized legal representatives, to petition the Superior Court for the special admission of attorneys:
  • the Virgin Island Attorney General
  • the United States Attorney
  • the General Counsel of the Superior Court
  • the Chief Legal Counsel of the Legislature of the Virgin Islands
  • the Chief Territorial Public Defender
  • the Federal Public Defender
  • the Supervising Attorney of Legal Services.
  • the Supervising Attorney of the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands
In accordance with Superior Court Rule 302(a), an individual seeking special admissions in the capacity as an employee of the moving department or agency may, in the discretion of the Court, be specially admitted provided that he/she is:
  • An attorney in good standing of the bar of any court of the United States, or highest court of any state, the District of Columbia, commonwealth, territory or possession of the United States
  • An attorney who is not regularly admitted to practice before the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands
  • An attorney who is not under suspension or disbarment by any court
  • An attorney who has paid all appropriate membership dues and licensing fees
Pursuant to Superior Court Rule 302(c) and (d), respectively, an attorney who has been specially admitted under the provisions of Superior Court Rule 302 shall, at all times, be subjected to the direction and control of the moving department or agency, which shall immediately notify the Court of the termination of the attorney’s employment. Further, upon receipt of said notification, the Court shall enter an order vacating the special admission, provided however, that the Court may also terminate any special admission for cause or in the interests of justice, consistent with due process.

Finally, an attorney specially admitted shall not hold himself out as a regular member of the Virgin Islands Bar, and must promptly notify the Court in writing of the termination of the employment upon which the special admission was based.


Bar Admissions
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Main Contact
Elsie-Mae King
Director of Bar Admissions
Alexander A. Farrelly
Justice Center
2nd Floor, South Wing
Room S211
5400 Veteran's Drive
St. Thomas, VI 00802
(340) 774-6680 x6423
Fax: (340) 777-8187
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