Access to the Courthouse
It is mandated by law that all parties entering a federal courthouse must show a government-issued photo ID and pass through security screening. Acceptable forms of identification include; official United States government or state issued identification such as a driver’s license or passport. The only acceptable international identification is a government-issued passport with a current United States visa.
Contacting the Court
- The Court is committed to facilitating access to court dockets, documents and proceeding for journalists.
- However, Judges and Clerk’s Office personnel should not be contacted by media personnel when seeking information. Journalists should contact Glenda L. Lake, Esq., Clerk of Court, who is the designated Public Information Officer with all questions concerning court proceedings.
Court Rules Affecting the Media
There are very restrictive rules applicable to photography and recording of proceedings in federal district courts. Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 53 (F.R. Crim, P. 53) bans photography and broadcasting in all criminal proceedings. In addition, U.S. Judicial Conference Policy prohibits the broadcasting of civil or criminal proceedings in federal courts.
The District Court of the Virgin Islands has adopted a Communication Device Policy regarding the possession and use of personal electronic devices in all courthouses throughout the district. See General Order dated March 13, 2015. Members of the media are expected to adhere to the Communication Device Policy.
How can I find documents and other information in a particular case?
If you are requesting documents or a docket sheet pertaining to a case, you can visit the Clerk’s Office at the Ron de Lugo Federal Building and Courthouse on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Almeric L,. Christian Federal Building and Courthouse on St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands. Please ensure that you have the case number and/or caption of the case. Applicable fees will apply.
For digital access to cases, you may register for PACER access. You can retrieve any case related information on the PACER website. In the alternative, a public kiosk is available in the Clerk’s Office in both divisions to conduct case related research. Applicable fees will apply.
I have heard there is a hearing on a particular date and time. How can I confirm that it is on calendar?
Calendars of court hearings are posted on the Court's website and are available by clicking on the header titled Court Info, then scroll down to Courtroom Schedule.
Where can I get general information about federal courts?
For more information about the federal court system, please visit the United States Courts website.
May I attend a proceeding that is held telephonically?
Telephonic conferences held in the courtroom are open to the public. Telephonic conferences held in chambers are not open to the public or media.
Can I get a booking photo or mug shot of an arrested individual?
The Court does not maintain photos of individuals appearing in our Court.