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
(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.
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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