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Justice wants intermediate appeals court, but trial lawyers say it isn't needed

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 10, 2019

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice is calling for the creation of an intermediate court of appeals in his annual State of the State address.

House wants U.S. Supreme Court to review impeachment decision

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 8, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates filed a petition Tuesday with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to review the decision from October when the state Supreme Court halted impeachment proceedings in the state Senate.

Opinion says judicial candidates should work to eliminate false statements in third-party ads

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 7, 2019

CHARLESTON — A recent opinion by the state Judicial Investigation Commission says candidates should ask third parties to stop making misleading statements in election advertising.

Hutchison officially sworn in as state Supreme Court justice

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 4, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court storm is over. That’s what Circuit Judge Alan Moats said Jan. 4 during the swearing in ceremony for new Justice John Hutchison.

2019 brings new state Supreme Court Chief Justice, new circuit judges, vacancies

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 3, 2019

CHARLESTON -- The new year brings several changes to courts across West Virginia.

Family court judge will run for Supreme Court in 2020

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 1, 2019

CHARLESTON — Kanawha Family Court Judge Jim Douglas wants there to be someone on the West Virginia Supreme Court with family law experience, so he decided to run in the 2020 election for a seat on the bench.

Monongalia Circuit Judge Clawges retiring

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 21, 2018

MORGANTOWN – Monongalia Circuit Judge Russell M. Clawges Jr. is retiring next month. Clawges, who will turn 69 on Jan. 30, announced his retirement effective Jan. 31.

Circuit Judge Wilkes retiring in January

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 21, 2018

MARTINSBURG – One of the state's veteran circuit judges is retiring next month.

Leaders praise Hutchison's Supreme Court appointment

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 13, 2018

CHARLESTON – Members of the state Supreme Court and others are praising the appointment of John Hutchison as the state’s newest justice.

Hutchison appointed to state Supreme Court

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 12, 2018

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Raleigh Circuit Judge John Hutchison to the state Supreme Court.

Governor appoints Nines, Ewing to circuit judge positions

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 11, 2018

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice has appointed two men to vacant circuit judge positions – Shawn David Nines of Thornton in the 19th Judicial Circuit and Thomas Ewing in the 12th Judicial Circuit.

Webb wants to serve West Virginia again, this time on state Supreme Court

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 7, 2018

CHARLESTON – In 1873, naturalist and preservationist John Muir famously wrote, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” Rusty Webb now feels a similar pull. But he might write, “The Mountain State is calling, and I must go.”

Chiartas withdraws name from Supreme Court vacancy list, endorses Tabit for seat

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 6, 2018

Charleston attorney Gregory Chiartas submitted a letter Dec. 6 to the state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission withdrawing from the process. And in his letter, he threw his support to Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit for the position.

Former, future Supreme Court candidate Smith throws support behind Tabit for new vacancy

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 5, 2018

CHARLESTON – Just a month ago, Charleston attorney Dennise Smith and Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit both were fighting to win spots on the state Supreme Court. Now, Smith is throwing her support behind Tabit to temporarily fill another seat on the court.

Supreme Court chaos leaves West Virginia on ATRA's Judicial Hellhole Watch List

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – West Virginia is on the Watch List for this year's Judicial Hellholes report because of the yearlong drama that has surrounded the state Supreme Court.

17 apply for state Supreme Court seat

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 4, 2018

CHARLESTON – Seventeen people applied for the vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court created by the resignation of convicted former Justice Allen Loughry.

Supreme Court won't hear petition regarding governor's residency; Delegate might file again

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 28, 2018

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition regarding whether Gov. Jim Justice follows rules about where he lives.

Justice appoints Olejasz to 1st Circuit post

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 28, 2018

WHEELING – Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Michael J. Olejasz to the 1st Judicial Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James P. Mazzone.

Supreme Court reverses Wood Circuit Court decision

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 28, 2018

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a memorandum decision agreeing that Amedisys West Virginia failed to establish that its former employee acted in bad faith.

State Supreme Court won't rehear case involving impeachment of justices

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 23, 2018

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court will not rehear a case in which it blocked the impeachment trials of four current and former state Supreme Court justices.

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