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Hurricane Extensions

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The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a bit of disaster relief for litigants in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

IT IS ORDERED that the deadline to file a petition for a writ of certiorari in a case arising from the state or federal courts of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands and due on or after the date of this order is extended to November 20, 2017, to the extent that the extension is within the Court's authority to order. See 28 U.S.C. § 2101(c) (limiting available extensions to 60 days from due date for petitions for writs of certiorari in civil cases).

Um, exactly how many state courts are there in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands?
Zero.

For the District of Columbia, there is a statute saying that its Court of Appeals is considered a state court for the purpose of Supreme Court review, see 28 U.S.C. §1257(b), but the corresponding statutes for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have no such provision.  See §§ 1258, 1260.

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