Bryant v. People – Case Brief Summary (Virgin Islands)

In Bryant v. People. 53 V.I. 395 (V.I. 2010), the Court acknowledged that not every injunction is immediately appealable, and we dismissed that appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Id. at 398.

However, the Court recognized that the circumstances of that child neglect case involved a comprehensive statutory scheme that provided for adjudicatory hearings to consider the children's custody within ninety days of the initial custody determination, and we held that an interlocutory order after such a hearing would be appealable.

The Court was concerned that "blind reliance on the final judgment rule" could delay a resolution of the important issues presented "until a significant time has elapsed, perhaps years, during which the parent has been separated from his or her child." Id. at 405.