Case Caption: Colly Cascen v. People of the Virgin Islands, Julius Wilson, Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, and David Zook, Warden of the Sussex 1 State PrisonCase Number: SCT-CIV-2018-0066Date: 03/26/2021Author: Hodge, Rhys S. Citation: 2021 VI 4Summary: In a petition for habeas corpus, the Superior Court erred in denying an evidentiary hearing, in violation of 5 V.I.C. § 1311. In general, the Superior Court must hold an evidentiary hearing after it has concluded that a petitioner has alleged a prima facie case for relief, a writ of habeas corpus has been issued, and the respondent has filed a return, as provided in V.I. H.C.R.2(g)(1). In the present case, material factual disputes existed regarding whether the petitioner’s trial counsel was unconstitutionally ineffective. The order of the Superior Court is reversed, and that court is directed to grant the writ and conduct an evidentiary hearing on remand to address these and the other issues regarding ineffective assistance of trial and appellate counsel identified by the petitioner.Attachment: Open Document or Opinion