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Scope of Authority

The Commission has authority to investigate complaints involving the following: 

      Willful misconduct in office.  

      Willful and persistent failure to perform duties.  

      Habitual intemperance.  

      Permanent disabilities that interfere with judicial duties.  

      A violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct.  

      Conduct that brings the judiciary into disrepute.  


The Commission's primary concern is judicial behavior, not judicial decision-making. Only a higher court can overturn a judge's decision or ruling. The Commission is not a court and cannot change a judge's decision (including child custody orders), intervene in a pending case, remove a judge from a case, or award damages or other monetary relief to litigants.   

Complaints that allege misconduct solely on the basis of a judge's decisions will be dismissed without investigation. Neither the Commission nor its staff can provide legal assistance or advice.  

Commission Enabling Rules - Supreme Court Rule 209
Commission Internal Operating Procedures

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Virgin Islands Commission on Judicial Conduct
Virgin Islands Commission on Judicial Conduct
No. 161B Crown Bay
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802
Telephone: (340) 774-2237
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