Superior Court of the Virgin Islands
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Superior Court of the Virgin Islands

Rule 121. Complaint; notice in lieu of complaint

(a) Form of Complaint. The complaint is a written statement of the essential facts constituting the offense charged. It shall be made upon oath before the judge or the clerk of the court, or the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands or such Assistant Attorney General as the Attorney General shall authorize in writing, as well as any complaint clerk in the office of the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands.

(b) Notice in lieu of complaint. Where the offense charged may constitute a neighborhood or domestic dispute, but may not violate any statute or ordinance, a notice may issue to the person or persons charged, requesting their appearance in order to determine whether or not a complaint should issue.--Amended July 17, 1972.

Case Notes

Joinder of counts

Offenses of the same class and punished by the same penalty may be charged conjunctively in one count, but may not be charged disjunctively in the same count unless expressly authorized by statute. Government of the Virgin Islands v. McIntosh, D.C.V.I. 1958, 3 V.I. 423.

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