2019 US Virgin Islands Code
Title 32 - Sports and Parks
Chapter 21 - Virgin Islands Casino and Resort Control Act of 1995
Article IX - Sanctions
§ 489. Civil investigation demand
(a) Whenever the Attorney General has reason to believe that any person or enterprise may be in possession, custody, or control of any documentary materials relevant to an investigation under this chapter, he may, prior to the institution of a civil or criminal proceeding thereon, issue in writing, and cause to be served upon such person, a civil investigative demand requiring such person to produce such material for examination.
(b) Each such demand shall:
(1) State the nature of the conduct constituting the alleged violation which is under investigation and the provision of law applicable thereto;
(2) Describe the class or classes of documentary material to be produced thereunder with such specificity and certainty as to permit such material to be fairly identified;
(3) Prescribe a return date which will provide a reasonable period of time within which the material so demanded may be assembled and made available for inspection and copying or reproduction; and
(4) Identify the custodian to whom such material shall be made available.
(c) No such demand shall:
(1) Contain any requirement which would be held to be unreasonable if contained in a subpoena duces tecum issued in aid of a grand jury investigation; or
(2) Require the production of any documentary evidence which would be otherwise privileged from disclosure if demanded by a subpoena duces tecum issued in aid of a grand jury investigation.
(d) Service of any such demand or any petition filed under this section may be made upon a person by:
(1) Delivering a duly executed copy thereof to any partner, executive officer, managing agent, or to any agent thereof authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process on behalf of such person, or upon any individual person;
(2) Delivering a duly executed copy thereof to the principal office or place of business of the person to be served; or
(3) Depositing such copy in the United States mail, by registered or certified mail duly addressed to such person at its principal office or place of business.
(e) A verified return by the individual serving any such demand or petition setting forth the manner of such service shall be prima facie proof of such service. In the case of service by registered or certified mail, such return shall be accompanied by the return post office receipt of delivery of such demand.
(f) Any person upon whom any demand issued under this section has been duly served shall make such material available for inspection and copying or reproduction to the Attorney General at the principal place of business of such person, or at such other place as the Attorney General and such person thereafter may agree and prescribe in writing, on the return date specified in such demand or on such later date as the Attorney General may prescribe in writing. Upon written agreement between such person and the Attorney General, copies may be substituted for all or any part of such original materials. The Attorney General may cause the preparation of such copies of documentary material as may be required for official use by the Attorney General. While in the possession of the Attorney General, no material so produced shall be available for examination, without the consent of the person who produced such material, by any individual other than the Attorney General or his duly appointed representatives. Under such reasonable terms and conditions as the Attorney General shall prescribe, documentary material while in his possession shall be available for examination by the persons who produced such material or any duly authorized representatives of such person.
(g) Upon completion of:
(1) The review and investigation for which any documentary material that was produced under this action; and
(2) Any case or proceeding arising from such investigation, the Attorney General shall return to the person who produced such material all such material other than copies thereof made by the Attorney General pursuant to this section which has not passed into the control of any court or grand jury through the introduction thereof into the record of such case or proceeding.
(h) When any documentary material has been produced by any person under this section for use in any racketeering investigation, and no such case or proceeding arising therefrom has been instituted within a reasonable time after completion of the examination and analysis of all evidence assembled in the course of such investigation, such person shall be entitled, upon written demand made upon the Attorney General, to the return of all documentary material other than copies thereof made pursuant to this section so produced by such person.
(i) Whenever any person fails to comply with any civil investigate demand duly served upon him under this section or whenever satisfactory copying or reproduction of any such material cannot be done and such person refuses to surrender such material, the Attorney General may file in the Superior Court a petition for an order of such court for the enforcement of this section.
(j) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any situation covered by the provisions of section 431 of this title, and shall in no way limit the Division's authority under that section.