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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.
- Constitution (W. Va. Const.)
- Acts of the Legislature of West Virginia (W. Va. Acts)
- 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
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.
- State Register
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:
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.
- Law and Politics Book Review (L. & Pol. Book Rev.)
[American Political Science Ass’n, Law and Courts Sec.]
- West Virginia Journal of Law & Technology (W. Va. J.L. & Tech.)
[West Virginia Univ. Coll. of Law]
Other West Virginia Commentary
- 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.
West Virginia Forms
- Court Forms
[Supreme Court of Appeals] — Miscellaneous forms.
- Litigation Forms
- Motor Vehicles Division — Forms
- Secretary of State — Forms
- Vital Registration Program
- Business Entity Forms
Other West Virginia Resources
Legal Research and Assistance
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.
Low-Cost Legal Aid
See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
- 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.
- 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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