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VITEMA: Latest Hurricane Forecast is a Cause for Concern

The latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the impending Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1, has VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen nervous.
Attorney General Denise George. (2019 Government House photo)

Paternity and Child Support Division Closer to Fixing Backlog of Cases

The combination of the pandemic, staffing shortages and an outdated database has resulted in a series of backlogged cases within the Division of Paternity and Child Support.

Op-Ed: A Day to Celebrate Jurors and the U.S. Rule of Law

I was in New York City on the day the jury on the Derek Chauvin case served up the most important moment of justice this heartbroken country has seen in a long time.

MLK: Where Do We Go from Here; Chaos or Community?

This year the Source cannot escape marking the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth with the farsightedness of his final book, finished on a four-week retreat to Jamaica in 1966 – 55 years ago – and published in June 1967.

AG: Child Support and Paternity Hearings Have Ground to a Halt

Despite the abilities of the V.I. Supreme and Superior Courts to conduct virtual hearings, child support and paternity hearings have halted since the pandemic hit in March, Attorney General Denise George told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.

V.I. Courts Launch Electronic Filing System

Amid a myriad of pandemic-related challenges, Chief Justice Rhys Hodge announced at Wednesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing that, on Aug. 31, the V.I. judicial branch launched a long-awaited electronic filing system for the Superior Court and Supreme Court.
Sen. Steven Payne Sr., chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety, and Veterans’ Affairs, speaks during Tuesday’s committee meeting. (Photos by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Crime Stats Show No Spike During COVID-19 Crisis, AG Tells Senators

The U.S. Virgin Islands does not seem to have recorded a spike in crime during the two months since a state of emergency was declared over the COVID-19 pandemic.
From left, Office of Management and Budget Director Jenifer O’Neal, Justice Department CFO Kaj Christopher and Attorney General Denise George. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Holds White-Collar Crime Bill While Awaiting Info

Attorney General Denise George once was part of Justice’s White-collar Crime Unit when it was active and, reportedly, effective. However, as head of the Justice Department, her efforts to bring the unit back, have run up against demands from the Senate.
A school bus picks up students at a St. Croix school in 2017. (Ivy Hunter photo)

Senators Push for Information on Student Safety

Senators expressed concern about the outbreaks of fights on school campuses, different security measures taken on campuses and bus safety on St. Croix during Friday’s Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting.
Sen. Kurt Vialet discusses the proposed changes to the government procurement process Wednesday in the Senate session. (V.I. Legislature photo)

VIPD Reports Increase in Firearms

Arrests for firearm violations and violent crimes jumped 32 percent from 2018 to 2019, the V.I. Police Department reported Friday to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs.

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