Superior Court of the Virgin Islands
Rules Governing the
Superior Court of the Virgin Islands

Rule 62. Pleadings

(a) The action is commenced by filing a complaint which shall contain a simple statement of the plaintiff's claim. The clerk of the court shall, at the request of any individual, but not a corporation, association or partnership, prepare the complaint and other papers required to be filed to commence the action.

(b) It shall not be necessary for any party in the small claims division to file any answer, plea or other defense in writing, except in case the defendant asserts a set-off or counterclaim in which case the requirement of such a plea in writing shall be discretionary with the judge.

(c) All pleadings shall be so construed as to do substantial justice.--Amended Mar. 23, 1961.

Case Notes


It was not necessary for defendants to set up affirmative defense since no written answer was required under small claims rules. Herman v. Gonzales, Mun. Ct. St. T. and St. J. 1960, 4 V.I. 126.

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