Superior Court of the Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands High School
Appellate Moot Court Competition
St.Thomas Courtyard In November 1994, the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands and the Virgin Islands Bar Association established an annual appellate moot court competition for high school seniors in commemoration of Law Day. The competition showcases the talents of our youth in the areas of public speaking, advocacy, and the law. It gives them a unique insight into our legal system.

Goals of the Competition
  • To increase the community's awareness of current issues in the law
  • To promote the study of public speak, advocacy and the law
  • To improve the community’s awareness of the role of a lawyer and judge
  • To improve the public’s opinion of lawyers
  • To provide financial assistance to deserving students who intend to further their education upon graduating from high school
Role of the Court
The Court administers the program and selects the topics and the cases, which are then studied and argued by the students. The Court also prepares, copies, and disburses all materials to the high school teams. Additionally, the Court chooses which party each high school team will represent in the case.

The Competition is held annually at the Superior Court, and alternates between the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix in celebration of Law Week. A three-judge panel listens to arguments and selects the winning teams. The Court provides educational scholarships to the students on the winning teams. The Court also provides trophies for the winning teams.

Role of the Bar Association
The Virgin Islands Bar Association assigns two lawyers per high school team to serve as mentors. They assist the students in the study of the cases provided and the preparation and deliverance of the arguments. The Bar Association also provides educational scholarships to the students on the winning teams.

Moot Court
Main Contact
St. Thomas/St. John

Ms. Glendia, Caines, MBA

Court Administrator

Alexander A. Farrelly
Justice Center
1st Floor, East Wing
Room E206
5400 Veteran's Drive
St. Thomas, VI 00802
(340) 774-6680 x6408
St. Croix
Ms. Lisa Davis McGregor
Asst. Court Admin.
R. H. Amphlett Leader
Justice Complex
1st Floor, Room 101
RR1 9000
Kingshill, VI 00850
(340) 778-9750 x6628
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