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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-454—OCT. 5, 1984 other person or persons as may be authorized by the laws of the Virgin Islands to act therein: Provided further. That in the district court all criminal prosecutions under the laws of the United States, under local law under section 22(c) of this Act, and under the income tax laws applicable to the Virgin Islands may be had by indictment by grand jury or by information: Provided further, That an offense which has been investigated by or presented to a grand jury may be prosecuted by information only by leave of court or with the consent of the defendant. All criminal prosecutions arising under local law which are tried in the district court pursuant to section 22(b) of this Act shall continue to be had by information, except such as may be required by the local law to be prosecuted by indictment by grand jury.". (c) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section regarding the determination and qualifications of the chief judge of the District Court of the Virgin Islands shall not apply to a person serving as chief judge of said court on the effective date of this Act. SEC. 707. Section 25 of the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands (68 Stat. 507; 48 U.S.C. 1615) is amended to read as follows: "SEC. 25. The Virgin Islands consists of two judicial divisions; the Division of Saint Croix, comprising the island of Saint Croix and adjacent islands and cays, and the Division of Saint Thomas and Saint John, comprising the islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John and adjacent islands and cays. Court for the Division of Saint Croix shall be held in Christiansted, and for the Division of Saint Thomas and Saint John at Charlotte Amalie.". SEC. 708. Section 27 of the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands (68 Stat. 507; 48 U.S.C. 1617) is amended by substituting the words "courts established by local law" for "inferior courts of the Virgin Islands" wherever they appear, and by deleting the last two

98 STAT. 1741

Ante, p. 1738.

Prohibition. 48 USC 1614 note. Courts, U.S.


SEC. 709. The Act of May 20, 1932 (47 Stat. 160, 48 U.S.C. 1400) is repealed. TITLE VIII



SEC. 801. Section 22 of the Organic Act of Guam (64 Stat. 389; 48 U.S.C. 1424), as amended, is amended id iread as follows: "SEC. 22. (a) The judicial authority of Guam shall be vested in a court of record established by Congress, designated the 'District Court of Guam,' and such local court or courts as may have been or shall hereafter be established by the laws of Guam in conformity with section 22A of this Act. "(b) The District Court of Guam shall have the jurisdiction of a district court of the United States, including, but not limited to, the diversity jurisdiction provided for in section 1332 of title 28, United States Code, and that of a bankruptcy court of the United States. "(c) In addition to the jurisdiction described in subsection (b), the District Court of Guam shall have original jurisdiction in all other causes in Guam, jurisdiction over which is not then vested by the legislature in another court or other courts established by it. In causes brought in the district court solely on the basis of this subsection, the district court shall be considered a court established by the laws of Guam for the purpose of determining the requirements of indictment by grand jury or trial by jury.

Courts, U.S.

Post, p. 1742.