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West Virginia Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


West Virginia Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (W. Va. Const.)

  2. Bills

  3. Acts of the Legislature of West Virginia (W. Va. Acts)

  4. West Virginia Code (W. Va. Code)
    This presentation of the code is difficult to use. Browsing is tedious. A search function is available.


West Virginia Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
    See also miscellaneous links to rules.
  2. Rules of Practice


West Virginia Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. Code of State Rules
    2. State Register

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Additional Resources
    ¶ Public Employees Grievance Board: Procedural Rules [156 C.S.R. 1] • Notice and Meeting Rules [156 C.S.R. 2] • Decisions Search … Search summaries of all decisions by the board’s administrative law judges, in specific employment categories; or search the full text of decisions after 1993. Decisions also can be downloaded in RTF format. (This board was formerly, until July 1, 2007, called the Education and State Employees Grievance Board.)
    Tax Department — Proposed Rules … proposed rules, in PDF files, posted for public comment


West Virginia Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

These are charters — that is, organic laws, however denominated — and collected or codified ordinances of counties and municipalities (cities, towns, etc.). For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Conway Greene Co.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. Ordinances
      For a county or municipality not listed here (or if a link here is broken), check a publisher’s web site linked at the end of this list.


    West Virginia Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all West Virginia law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Law and Politics Book Review (L. & Pol. Book Rev.) … [American Political Science Ass’n, Law and Courts Sec.]
    2. West Virginia Journal of Law & Technology (W. Va. J.L. & Tech.) … [West Virginia Univ. Coll. of Law]


    Other West Virginia Commentary

    1. West Virginia Judicial Benchbook for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings. West Virginia Court Improvement Oversight Board & West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.


    West Virginia Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    West Virginia Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Circuit Courts — Contact Information
      ¶ Family Courts — Contact InformationJudges
      ¶ Magistrate Courts — Contact Information


    West Virginia Forms

    1. Court Forms … [Supreme Court of Appeals] — Miscellaneous forms.

    2. Litigation Forms
    3. Family Court Forms
    4. Jury Instructions … Model jury instructions are not currently available on the web site of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, but forms of instructions that were formerly presented on the court’s web site can be accessed at the Internet Archive web site.
    5. Mental Hygiene Proceedings Forms
    6. Motor Vehicles Division — Forms

    7. Secretary of State — Forms

    8. Tax Department
      See also publications from the Tax Department.
    9. Vital Registration Program
    10. Birth Certificate Request — Form and Information
    11. Death Certificate Request — Form and Information
    12. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other West Virginia Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for West Virginia Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of West Virginia law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in West Virginia.

    3. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. West Virginia Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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