Islands Supreme Court is presently composed of three justices. Appointments to the court are made by the
governor with confirmation by the Legislature.
To be considered for appointment a person must be an attorney licensed
to practice in the Virgin Islands for ten years.
A justice serves an initial term
of office of ten years and upon reconfirmation, during good behavior. A retired justice, with the approval of the
Court may serve as a senior justice. Active and retired judges of courts of record
of the Virgin Islands may serve as Designated Justices of the Supreme Court to
fill vacancies caused by disqualification or other absence of a justice.
The initial Chief Justice is designated by the Governor to
serve a term of four years. Thereafter, the justices elect the Chief Justice
for a three year term.